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Daniel Worth

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To spitball some other ideas for management......
I'd bet in a silvopasture setup annual tree trimmings could first be passed through goats to strip leaves, then to the beavers to strip the bark for food and lower the load on the pond trees and lastly the wood can be collected for hugelkultur or use in a rocket mass heater.
3 years ago
Watched this PBS documentary called "Leave It to Beavers" with my kids and was super inspired to integrate beavers into a pond system. They show some simple management techniques that could be used to manage beavers in a permaculture system.

Leave it to Beavers

I would love to hear if anyone else has though about or done this.
3 years ago

Sam White wrote:Hey Daniel,

Nice article. I'd like to do something here similar in Wales so I'll be looking forward to more! One note on the coppicing; the older a tree gets the less likely it is to respond well to being coppiced so this might be something to bear in mind. However, I am writing from a UK perspective so trees native to the USA or other parts of the world may respond differently.

Sam



It's a error on my part to make it seem that it would be coppiced after full growth. The thought was that if you didn't want to simply harvest the whole tree you'd coppice it early and allow the coppice to grow to full height. This is less desirable for large timber as the trunks don't grow as strait grained. If the wood is to be turned into smaller caving work or worked on a lathe this might even be desirable though. With the time scale involved it's hard to tell the market at the time of harvest so coppicing might not be the best tool for this particular job as more traditional timber would likely fetch a high value and sell quicker.
3 years ago
I just wrote a new article about using large over-story trees as a retirement program by selling high quality timber.

500 Year Farm Blog: Not All Permaculture is Food

Let me know what you think.
3 years ago
Thank you SO much for posting this. I feel this is a master class in these issues and some of the most valuable information I've gleaned from your podcasts. That isn't an insult to the other podcasts, they are also fantastic, but a compliment for talking about all the dirty things other people sweep away and never warn about. There is literally no where else to get this candid of a discussion about these issues. Compared to working with me, Paul is a saint that should be applauded for his willingness to work with people under these circumstances. I know it's hard to share the failures but this is info is going to help so many people looking to get into large scale permaculture. Again, thank you so much for sharing.

Dan
That pretty much nails where I'm at. I've got a well formed plan and part of that is making my land purchase without taking on debt. So it creates a waiting game for me, but I think in the long run it will pay off.

Dan
4 years ago
How cool to hear from you!

I currently live in the metro area north of Denver but I plan on buying land further east.

I'd love to visit/help in any way I can.

Sounds like you all ready have a great start.

Dan
4 years ago
I'd lake to make a shameless plug for my project. I'm still in the planning stages but getting closer every day. I built a new website for it and would appreciate some feedback, there is also a blog with quite a bit to read if you are interested. I make hand carved spoons and I'm will be getting some up for sale on the site soon. Thanks for your time.

http://500yearfarm.com
Dan
4 years ago
Happened upon this while doing some research and it blew me away. I though many people might find this helpful. It's a foot powered wheat thresher and seems to be made in the USA.

http://www.backtotheland.com/html/wheat_thrasher.html
4 years ago
OK, that is the answer I'd assumed I just didn't want to use the term for the next 5 years to find out I'd got it wrong the whole time.

Dan
4 years ago