Thursday, April 17, 2008

Chicken Tractor

I am totally psyched by this book I just got from the library today, Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil, by Andy Lee and Pat Foreman. It adds a whole new level of synergy to the little ecosystem we are creating here by housing the chickens in portable structures in the garden, on beds that are not in use, in order to utilize the chickens' natural gifts: scratching (tilling), eating insects, weeding, and adding manure. This concept can also be applied to other livestock, as in the goats that we will be getting. My mind is racing with ideas...

Donna came by today with small cloches to keep our baby plants and little sprouts warm during this freak snow we may have this weekend. It is so odd that last weekend it was 80+, now it is supposed to freeze and snow, and then by Tuesday it is supposed to be back up to 65 again! She shared with us their awesome news, that Your Backyard Farmers were awarded the BEST (Businesses for an Environmentally Sustainable Tomorrow) award for Sustainable Food Systems! Such and honor and huge recognition..we are SO excited for them and so incredibly happy to be a part of their project.

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