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I have about 3.5 acres of total land and it is essentially split right in half by a small creek that runs year round. One side is mostly grass and about as flat as it gets in the appalachian mountains with a few dispersed trees. the other side is a fairly steep (40%) forested area. The property essestially all slopes towards that creek in some way. The former owner maintained short grass and kept all creek side growth very small.

As I consider my design a big question is introducing animals but not negatively affecting the water. Almost everyone around here just gives free access to creeks and streams to goats, sheep, horses, cows, etc and they leave essentially no riprarian buffer. SO I am looking for some good info on managing this scenario. I would like to keep sheep, goats(pulsed most likely), ducks , and chickens (all in reasonable numbers) but I dont want to have negative impact on the water. So im looking for good info on how close is too close? If they are rotated and there is a riprarian buffer is it ok. Obviously I dont want to be putting lots of manure in water but simultaneously wild animals obviously poop close to and sometimes in water.

I appreciate any info
8 years ago
Ask her about the letter in the activist slamming the Eco village she lives in... Earthaven
Hey All,

I am considering a move to the state of colorado to be closer to family and I am curious about possible "hotspots" or places with cool things happening and opportunities to connect with other permies. Ideally somewhere north of Denver/south of fort collins on the front range (where my family is) but I am open to other suggestions . Thanks in advance!
9 years ago
Well that's what I was a little worried about but at the same time I've heard of folks doing oysters and even Whitaker in dead winter and being ok. I pulled the spawn out of a few holes And doesn't seem to be to much mycellial growth visible yet. It was probably February when I inoculated them
10 years ago
No my microbiology lab skills are not so great. Doubt i would be asking this question if they were great . I was really just curious if there is a way to tell if the cold snap after inoculation had killed the mycellium. I was not expecting fruiting until fall at least and maybe not until next spring. Ive grown mushrooms before this was just a little earlier than I usually cut and we had a colder than usual couple weeks following that.

I am in the southern Appalachians of North carolina. The katuah bio-region. Thanks y'all
10 years ago
Right I know it the typical permaculture response of it depends. The Shetlands I was referencing because the article was stating they can live off very little due to maintaining the primitive genes.
I am pretty well versed in rotational grazing concept. I plan on using portable fence so Ivan rotate without perimeter fencing and was planning on running chickens behind them to help with the process and clean up larvae etc. I'll have to do some more thinking
10 years ago
Thanks for the input. That is a concern. I was planning on keeping two ewes and using a lock ram stud for breeding purposes. Definitely don't want to be overstocked , hmmmmmm

I've read recently about folks keeping Shetlands stocked at six per acre and they were fine
10 years ago
Mick, a lawnmower won't poop or give me wool and 50 chickens , even on pasture , will be a lot of feed input.

Joe, I don't have sheep experience but when better than now right?
10 years ago
hey all I innoculated some fresh cut tulip poplar with oyster mycellium about 3 months ago and I am impatient and suspect a hard cold spell may have killed the mycellium. Is there a way at this point to check and see? can i just dig the innoculant out of a few holes a nd be able to tell somehow or do i need to just wait? Thanks
10 years ago

Joseph Fields wrote: Sheep are social critters, so you would need a few. I use sheep as mowers myself. This is going to depend how where you are, what kind of solar exposure you have. Price of winter hay and fuel in your area.

Im in western north carolina mountains. Usually plenty of rain and sunshine. Mostly good solar exposure. I was thinking only 2 or 3 and a small breed.

I havent really considered geese because I dont see the secondary yields to keeping them.

10 years ago