diversified farming, small scale
Out here, my plan is to innoculate the sandy soil with lots of good poop. The best way to do this is to actually have animals out on the soil and earth, not crammed into a barn, and not hauling in truck loads of manure…just putting animals onto the land. Where they belong, where they are happiest!
The two piglets added to the farm yesterday will help by turning all that soil and compost and hay into wonderully rich land. They are like a rototiller, their little bulldozer snouts move earth like it is water! After a couple weeks inside the hoophouse, they will start their work on the grassland that is my front yard. I’ll move their pen every couple of days, after they have really dug up the soil and then they will be super happy pigs. Despite the cold weather nowadays, they snuggle deep in the hay at night, and then greet me with grunts and squeaks when I bring goodies each morning and night. Such a thrill to be able to work with such lovely animals!
I think of all the animals making their life here with me. Turkeys, ducks, goats, pigs, dogs, chickens….we all work in a symbiotic realtionship. It is a beautiful, lovely thing.