Nathan MacAilpin

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since Apr 02, 2020
Hi everybody! My wife and I are countryfolk born and raised. I grew up in the city though, but we practiced Permaculture before we knew what it was. We grew most of our own food and everything had a purpose and work together. We did it all in a half an acre on a city lot! My wife grew up in rural Vermont, kept goats and had a garden. We met Online, and fell in love and I moved up to Vermont. Now we have 2 acres, and are able to put a dreams in a practice. This year 2020 is the first year we’re actually able to do so. Last year we spent remodeling the home because it was so ugly. Looking forward to sharing and learning from all of you. Currently we have three goats, two male one female, lots of garden space some Woodland, and a very interesting property. We just got a mangalitsa pig, who is very lonely, and I need to learn what to do about that.
Colchester Vermont
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Recent posts by Nathan MacAilpin

Hey folks, an update on my pig till exercise. Penelope did a good job of removing the top layer of sod and trampling it, fertilizing the ground with her waste, and respecting the electric fence. So far I had her moved in two different plots. I noticed that she did not touch a certain area of tall grass in one of the plots. Not sure why. What I found that it was that after a week, the ground compacted badly. Within a week tho it was fine. In the compacted area I planted squash in hills with goat waste hay bedding, very good stuff, for muck I and the squash are growing incredibly well.  
3 months ago
Hey everybody, I read a lot of the posts and information in this thread and in other places. I have a Mangalitsa sow, about a year and a half. She is a very nice hog, and respects electric fence. I have a garden area about 50’ x 150’ that I am starting a BTE and no till market garden. i decided to rotate her through each section of which there are about six roughly the same size. They are about 15 x 15‘ square, and her shelter is three pallets and a plywood top. I buried a plastic tote, and I built an automatic feeder out of plywood. she loves it! She is tilling the top layer of sod. I plan on rotating her to another spot in a couple weeks. She doesn’t seem to be interested in eating the grass though, and I’m not sure if that’s because of her breed. I suspect a Kunekune would do better?
7 months ago
Very nice! About to build my mobile coop today. It’s going to be pretty small posting about five chickens, and carried by two people. I got the idea from the self-sufficient homestead book. By John Seymour. I’ll post photos later. It is also for egg layers, but since I have only a few chickens desired at this point I don’t need to be big.
7 months ago
Neat thought. We finally have started our Homestead on 2 acres. Hatching our first collection of eggs as we speak. Hopefully will have above 50% through my DIY incubator. I got the eggs from another young fella who sells eggs from his flock about 30 or 40 chickens. He has been working on developing a breed of chicken by crossing a brown Egger with a green Egger to produce a dark green egg. His results have been very interesting, and I got one of those eggs from him. That’s all I got though. Have an actually done it myself.
7 months ago