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Miss Duck hatched babies!

— 2 hours ago with 28 notes

pouring-heart:

  1. Water tank: Filtered water is kept in the tank and slowly released into the breadbaskets below
  2. Vegetables growing in breadbasket: Breadbaskets filled with porous lava stoned are used to grow vegetables. The stones and vegetables roots trap the nutrients and filter the water which then flows into the fish tank below.
  3. Fish droppings enrich the water with nutrients for growing vegetables
  4. A variety of small vegetables can be grown such as swiss chard, cows peas, eggplants, sweet peppers, etc.
  5. Pump: A solar powered or had pump recycles the water to the top tank, ready for the cycle to start again.
  6. Chickens provide meat and eggs for consumption and/or for sale. Their droppings are captured and used to feed the fish.

Aquaponics

This unique system integrates fish, poultry and vegetable farming using recycled water. It is designed to maximise the yield of each component, whilst minimising the amount of water required. Our research has shown that Haller’s aquaponics system uses only 2% of the water conventionally needed for the same vegetable production. This is particularly important in drought-prone areas in Africa.  Haller’s aquaponics system is also affordable, it is made with low cost materials that can be found locally.

We have made several changes to this initial design – in particular to the fish tanks.  A revised illustration is currently being worked on.

Video here

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— 1 day ago with 515 notes
Today’s Heritage Turkey Factoid:

Turkeys are purported to be omnivores like chickens, eating bugs, small rodents, grains, fruit, veges, etc. But here at Farmlandia we have discovered the following:

Turkeys are tepid regarding scrambled eggs and organ meats fresh from the kitchen.

Turkeys lose their damned minds over half eaten, bug infested, and/or partially rotted tomatoes tossed over a fence. Lose. Their. Minds.

This has been Today’s Heritage Turkey Factoid.

— 4 days ago with 40 notes
#turkeys  #heritage turkeys  #farming 
Turkeys are awesome, and not nearly as stupid as you’ve been led to believe.

Turkeys are awesome, and not nearly as stupid as you’ve been led to believe.

— 1 week ago with 34 notes
#heritage turkeys 

This afternoon a pair of lavender guineas showed up with 16 keets!

We stole all of them.

— 2 weeks ago with 33 notes

johnnnytooobaddd:

Baby bunnies are horrible.

Eleven seconds of rabbit kits nursing. Horrible as promised.

— 2 weeks ago with 23 notes
tropicalhomestead:

Most recent package from Pioneers Press!
I should not be posting these as just one picture. Adam gnade & jessie-duke each deserve their own personal vignette.
Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty - Get this book. Keep it with you. Read it when you don’t feel like moving forward. It will help, I promise. Better yet: get ten and give this book to everyone you want to see make it in this mean world.
The Hard Fifty Farm, Issue One & Two -   Jessie Duke’s writing strikes so many chords with me. Inspirational but poignant, too. I share both her hope and anxiety about an uncertain future. If you dream of homesteading, self-sufficiency, or just a simpler life - read these zines.

Saving this.

tropicalhomestead:

Most recent package from Pioneers Press!

I should not be posting these as just one picture. Adam gnadejessie-duke each deserve their own personal vignette.

Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty - Get this book. Keep it with you. Read it when you don’t feel like moving forward. It will help, I promise. Better yet: get ten and give this book to everyone you want to see make it in this mean world.

The Hard Fifty Farm, Issue One & Two -   Jessie Duke’s writing strikes so many chords with me. Inspirational but poignant, too. I share both her hope and anxiety about an uncertain future. If you dream of homesteading, self-sufficiency, or just a simpler life - read these zines.

Saving this.

— 4 weeks ago with 28 notes
Plant a Fall Garden: Find instructions, planting times, and seeds here →

dirtdoll:

Seed Savers Exchange is such a great resource!  Check out this email message from them about dates for fall planting.

— 1 month ago with 15 notes

My biggest duck disappeared yesterday. Mr. Brown was a huge Muscovy drake. He didn’t come back to go in last night, and Mrs. Duck, one of my first three ducks is missing along with him. Mrs. is Babs’ mom and a really sweet duck.

They were fine in the morning and now they are gone and presumed dead. I’m so pissed off. I’m going to mow the close pasture again to make it hard for anything to hide. I don’t know what got him during the day, but I’m guessing coyote because he was really big. If you haven’t been around Muscovies you’ll have trouble picturing a duck that is big enough to smash a Chihuahua or Yorkie and can still fly, but that’s the size we’re talking about.

Dammit.

— 1 month ago with 54 notes
#we need more fencing  #stat