Research from the pastureRead Now
Kate, one of our awesome pioneering farm managers, has been conducting various research as we develop this farm project; both to help us make more informed management decisions in our grazing plan as well as allow us to demonstrate what impact our actions have on the land over time. So much in the Permaculture world seems based on circumstantial evidence; and in response we aim to design, implement, monitor and refine what we do based on measurable and replicable methods. Moving to a new land requires endless observation, recording, researching & monitoring the impact of our actions, so here's a glimpse into how we have begun doing that here at the farm. We have around 40 species in our very varied pasture, with large variances in soil. Whilst the research conducted so far is just the beginning, it has been incredibly beneficial in terms of really getting a good sense of what we are actually working with. Bravo Kate, we are so happy to have had you with us here for this incredible first season. It feels so important more folks in the alternative agriculture/ permaculture world start producing useful data for the benefit of all, thank you so much for the integrity & diligence you contribute.
Assessing Pasture Quality
Species In the pasture
Egg Layers & INVERTEBRATE Study
19/9/2014 07:23:00 pm
Kate, thanks for doing this. Nice study, and the plant ID bit is so useful. The cows are doing well, but mooing your name quite a bit. I think they miss you.
24/2/2015 09:04:43 pm
With regards to the Egg Layers & INVERTEBRATE Study, how many chickens per head of cattle do you think is "optimal". I understand that you don´t really and/or that it depends on kind of cattle, chickens etc. But perhaps you could give me a range? 20 laying hens per "fjällko"? 10? More?
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