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Episode-1113- Fodder Systems and Small Scale Farming with Teresa Hord

quartzridgeTeresa Hord runs Quartz Ridge Ranch along with her husband and children.  Quartz Ridge is a small heritage breed ranch located in Georgetown, California. The property is 100% off-grid. They raise dairy goats, American Guinea Hogs, Muscovy Ducks, Chickens and Geese.

Teresa and here family are able to feed their animals between 70-100% of their diet using a fodder system tehy designed.   Teresa’s Jeremy works as a city firefighter and Teresa is a stay-at-home Mom. Together they have three children ages 9, 4 and 20 months.

Teresa joins us today to discuss DIY Fodder Systems and using them for small scale livestock production.  Including why they choose to start feeding fodder and how you can grow your own feed for about 6 cents a pound!

Join Us Today As We Discuss…

  • What are the basic requirements for a successful fodder system
  • What are the components of the fodder system
  • What can you sprout and how long does it take
  • What animals can you feed  on fodder
  • The proper ways to supplement when feeding fodder to some animals
  • What they would we do differently the second time around
  • Why they are now using rain gutters as grow beds
  • Advice for land seekers who want a small ranch/farm
  • Thoughts on a farm that provides for your vs provides for your entire income

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Episode-1033- Fodder Systems and Brian Newhouse on Permaville

7 Day Growth Barley Fodder at Quartz Ridge Ranch

7 Day Growth Barley Fodder at Quartz Ridge Ranch

Today we start with some follow up on the Craig’s List ad from yesterday’s show claiming you can grow enough fodder per large animal (say a horse or a cow) for only about 70 cents per head per day.   I was skeptical about the cost of the system and its claimed output.

We have had knowledgeable feedback on both sides of the issue and it seems that you really can get the output but the system in the ad is high in cost and not really necessary.  Some folks at Quartz Ridge Ranch built their own fodder system from salvaged parts and a few odds and ends, it works beautifully.

The key seems to be the animals are feeding not just on the greenery but the entire root mass, this is how one square can provide 15-20 lbs of high quality feed with a 80% nutrient uptake efficiency vs. about 20% on dry grass.  Tune in to learn more about what does and what does not work in this type of system.

Project Munoz - One of Brian's Eventual Permaville Developments

Project Munoz – One of Brian’s Eventual Permaville Developments

We then switch over to our special guest, Brian Newhouse, author and founder of Permaville.  Permaville offers a new perspective on community development. Including abstracts of over 180 permaculture elements and programs, Permaville details a step-by-step process of how you can redesign your community into paradise.

Based on the Permaculture Design Course, Permaville presents a comprehensive philosophy on what people need as it pertains to 12 universal areas of community. The 12 areas of community are water, food, sanitation, healthcare, youth and family, shelter, transportation, environment, energy, education, business and technology.

Permaville also includes an extensive pre-design and post-design plan to teach you how to begin and finish a community plan. Permaville is arranged to walk you through the challenges and many potential solutions to improving the physical and social infrastructure of your home or community.

If you are looking for a new perspective of what we’re doing on this planet, Permaville is for you.

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