Matthew Sargent

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Adam, if you understand the principles of keyline patterning you could start utilizing that as a cultivation pattern at almost no cost which would still improve water catchment. Who knows it might even be the pattern a future buyer would just use, therefore becoming a permanent land improvement...
1 year ago
Adam, sounds fun. There’s no economic way to spread compost or biochar over 500 acres, that said you can still do “permaculture on 500 acres. First look into keyline design, it’s a bit complex but there are people out there who can map your keyline and it’ll pay off in the long run  Basically it’s a water harvesting strategy that is mindful of your equipment needs. Second consider alley cropping. Basically having rows of trees maybe Almond.. planed along the keylines then you have the hemp in the alleys. The USDA has lots of studies going way back showing that alley cropping actually increases crop yields, due to the many benefits trees offer. Third look into pasture cropping, the only economic way to regeneratively spread nutrients is with grazing animals. Maybe if you planted the whole acreage in white clover a cool season perennial you’d be able to lease the land for grazing when the hemp is out, then graze it low before planting and plant with a no till seeder or transplanter into the stubble. Ideally the grazer would utilize high density rotations to maximize grazing/ manure distribution.
1 year ago
I decided to build an earthen shelter for my freezer since it’s taxing my battery bank now that we’re in the heat of summer, I thought I’d make a video about the process.  
Cassie, I noticed it’s already been mentioned but look into Colin Seiss and his “pasture cropping”. www.pasturecropping.com he’s just. Small farm only 40,000 acres. What he’s done is kind mind blowing, you could step it up and plant tree crops or keyline but he’s producing more bushels/ acre than his neighbors and stocks higher density of sheep with no “cides”. He feeds more than most large farms do with lower operating costs.
1 year ago
I think it's good and it just felt to hot to me after working in the sun all day( I know I'm a sissy), thanks for all the input. Also it did sit for roughly a week after the two weeks.
5 years ago
So I got the thermometer out and it's just under 100 deg Fahrenheit if that helps
5 years ago
So I just finished a berkley style pile did the whole correct ratio of c:n and built it let set for for days and flipped every other day for 2 weeks, exhausting. However a week later now I went to collect it to spread and it's hot, don't have my thermometer on me but can't stick my hand all the way in hot, any thought? Thanks in advance.
5 years ago
I'm not a bd expert but am a student of biodynamics, first I would say don't put manure on top of this, cimpost and would chips should be fine... When wood is buried it "locks" up nitrogen so any manure you add would just go to the buried wood. As far as using a bd prep I would recommend a combo of horn manure and barrel compost to start and follow that with more barrel compost down the road.
5 years ago
Yes I will be rotating them behind my hogs on 9 acres, I'm in the process of developing this area into a savannah, it was a hay field. So it has good grass, I just can't figure out calculating feed requirements, and if I was to rely soley upon imported feed the price point seems high even for a niche market. The thread linked above was great but it does seem as if most of those people are making their money off poults, so maybe that's the direction to head.
5 years ago
Hello everyone, I was wondering if any of you raise turkeys profitably? The last two years I've raised a few for personal use and enjoyed them, now that I'm farming as a career, when I do the math, I don't know if I can make it work. We would be raising bourbon reds, assuming I had to buy all feed I'm calculating 107/ bird without my labor... I hope to reduce the imported feed, don't we all? But can't factor that into the business plan. Thanks for any input.
5 years ago