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Shiitake Mushroom Log Flush

Shiitake Mushroom Log Flush

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Levi (@levimeeuwenberg) Shiitake mushrooms are one of the tastiest and easiest to grow. πŸ„ πŸ„ πŸ„ πŸ„This was the biggest flush of the season so far! They'll do this once or twice a year, but sometimes also produce smaller...

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Full-Circle Chickens!

Full-Circle Chickens!

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Levi (@levimeeuwenberg) πŸ‘‡ What are Full-Circle Chickens? πŸ‘‡ Livestock, like chickens, aren't inherently bad for the environment. They can actually be beneficial if managed properly. 🌱 🌿 🌳 'Full-circle Chickens' is the fun...

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How to Start Homesteading with Permaculture – Understanding the Land [VIDEO]

How to Start Homesteading with Permaculture – Understanding the Land [VIDEO]

Hey friends! In this video, I'm going to walk you through some of the first steps to getting started with homesteading and permaculture.  In previous videos, I focused more on the "why" permaculture and homesteading are more than just cool hobbies but are...

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Levi’s Guest Appearance on the Height Drop Parkour Podcast

Levi’s Guest Appearance on the Height Drop Parkour Podcast

My parkour buddy, Brandon Douglas, invited me to appear on his Height Drop podcast.  It was a fun chat, in which we discussed my parkour journey, getting into farming and sustainable living, existential threats, narratives, soil depletion, regenerative...

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How to Establish Understory/Groundcover Plants in your Orchard or Forest Garden [Video]

How to Establish Understory/Groundcover Plants in your Orchard or Forest Garden [Video]

A really good way to integrate ground cover species is overseeding either into the existing vegetation or into the compost mulch pits. We typically use a combination of like legumes like clover and veg and all that stuff and then top rooted plants like daikon, turnip, chicory, things like that they have deep taproots.

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How to Make a Portable Pig Pen

How to Make a Portable Pig Pen

Our homestead started off with just two pigs, and we got hooked. We’re up to 13 now, and we’re even breeding our own piglets! Over the years we’ve experimented with many different types of pens, fencing and paddocks for them. By no means have we “arrived at” or discovered the perfect system. But we’ve made a portable pig pen system that meets three important design criteria for us:

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Spontaneous Gardens Planted by Our Pigs

Spontaneous Gardens Planted by Our Pigs

First we created winter pig pens using pallets that were freely available at many warehouses in town. Then we fed the pigs old vegetable waste from town throughout the winter, then covered the left overs with leaves. Many squash and tomato seeds from the food waste germinated in the spring and sprouted up through the mulch. The abundance of fertility in this location provided much plant food, and the leaves helped keep them from drying out during the summer.

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Building Soil from Scratch Using Pigs and Cover Crops!

Building Soil from Scratch Using Pigs and Cover Crops!

For the last couple years we have been experimenting with movable pig pens (pig tractors) and cover crops in order to build the soil fertility, and plant diversity of our pasture.

The results have been overwhelmingly positive! In just two years, we’ve transformed patches of our knapweed and beach sand site, into a thick lush pasture with diverse forage crops.

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How to Feed Chickens Using Compost (Food Waste)

How to Feed Chickens Using Compost (Food Waste)

Inspired by Karl Hammer’s Compost-Chicken Hybrid system in Vermont, we began creating a compost pile inside our portable bird pen using food scraps collected from local restaurants and grocery stores. The chickens not only get to eat the fresh veggie scraps we dump on top of the compost pile every other day, but once those are eaten, they dig into the pile to harvest all the insect decomposers and other goodies that the compost pile generates. For 70+ birds (chickens, ducks etc) we only had to supplement them with about a pound of feed daily, and could probably go grain free if we had to, using this system.

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Thanks BARC for composting food waste on our site, providing us with copious free organic matter and feed for pigs and chickens! Let's keep closing the loops!