So a few things set this show in motion. The first was the statements I’m hearing around the web that raising livestock can’t be permaculture (nothing IS permanent). The second is the recent addition of chickens to my homestead. The third was a listener question regarding planting a field in clover.
Today I wanted to dig into the art and science of feeding your livestock from your own land. One of the big complaints of so called permaculturists is that buying feed at the store is not sustainable. While I don’t agree with how these people come off, they are right. Rather than gripe about the problem, here’s the solution I offer you – grow your own.
There are tons of crops that are great. Join me today as I talk about:
Mangels – the almost unknown beet, used for feeding many different types of livestock. Also good for making alcohol and chopping with swords!
Clover/Alfalfa – two great high protein crops.
Fruit trees – let your livestock clean up your rotten fruit, prevent pests and get fat in the process.
Duckweed – good for chickens, ducks and tilapia.
Black Soldier Fly Larva – this is pretty neat stuff. CHECK THIS OUT! http://blacksoldierflyblog.com/bsf-bucket-composter-version-2-1/ Brilliant!
I also talk a little about feed conversion rates and other things that livestock need to eat that aren’t “feed” per se.