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Episode-1600- Owning Goats without Ruining Your Life

Nick Ferguson of Permaculture Classroom

Nick Ferguson of Permaculture Classroom

For most of the TSP audience Nick Ferguson needs no introduction, but he is an internationally traveled permaculture designer and consultant.  He is also one of the owners of PermaEthos along with being a long term member of the TSP community.

Nick states his best job is being “the husband of the sweetest and most patient woman alive, father of 3 crazy boys.”  After all of this, in his spare time he is working hard to develop a sustainable homestead in the piney hills of Louisiana.

Nick is also a member of the TSPC Expert council and a long time personal friend and beer drinking buddy of mine, though he still doesn’t know what a Saison is!

He is likely best known here as a plant propagation expert who developed the PermaEthos plant propagation course which has been successfully complete by several hundred people, however Nick is also an expert in many aspects of permaculture.

One of his real fortes is stretching dollars and doing a great deal with small livestock.  He has been keeping goat for most of his life and is well aware of the rewards and challenges of doing so.  He joins us today to discuss making a decision about goats and if you are going to do it, to do it with out hating yourself for doing so.

Join Nick and I Today to Discuss…

  • Why even keep an animal that has such a reputation for being a pain in the ass
  • How much land should I have before considering Goats
  • What kind of fence will keep them in
  • Lots of people say goats are impossible to train, how do you train a goat
  • What are the main health issues people run into
  • I heard goats taste awful, is there a trick to making the meat taste good
  • What should they eat and what should they not eat
  • What do I need to do to make sure the milk is safe and tastes good
  • Why is it necessary to keep goats in groups

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Plant of the Week

arbequinaArbequina Olive – Cold hardy variety that has one of the highest olive production and oil yields. The soil should be well drained.

This tree has an upright habit.  It is recommended that you cover the tree the first winter if the temperature drops below freezing. Once the tree has been in the ground for a year and is well rooted, it then will begin to withstand the colder temperatures.

The older the tree gets the more, cold hardy it becomes.  The oil is of this olive is sweet, delicate and fragrant with intense fruitiness but low levels of bitterness and spiciness.  It is grown commercially for oil production is parts of California and Texas.  If you live above zone 7, you can grow it in a container and bring it inside during the winter months

Bob Wells Nursery specializes in edible landscape plants and trees including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Vine Fruit, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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Episode-1136- Livestock Grazing Management with Chris Stelzer

Chris Stelzer has been working as an intern on ranches for the past year. Chris has completed three internships on two different continents giving him grazing and livestock management experience in three different ecosystems.

He is passionate about sustainable agriculture and providing people with positive and real world solutions to agriculture’s problems. Chris also maintains a website devoted to sustainable agriculture with a focus on grazing management called “Agricultural Insights.” Grazing management is an art form that Chris has spent the past two years of his life trying to perfect and he is open to sharing all of his experiences.

Chris is currently exploring different grazing enterprises in Colorado. He also has experience with on-farm sales, direct marketing for small farms and commercial livestock marketing.

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-1019- The Role of Animals in Permaculture

Properly Managed Chickens Can Convert Pasture to Forest

Properly Managed Chickens Can Convert Pasture to Forest

Geoff Lawton just released a great video that represents the beginnings of an awesome new project and it fits in great with today’s show topic.  In his video which addresses preparing for future crisis with permaculture Geoff shows how chickens can be used to establish a food forest 150 square meters at a time.

This is just one role that livestock both small and large can play in a permaculture system.  From talking to hundreds of people I am convinced that you can have some sort of livestock in just about any environment.

To me if you really wish to branch out into individual sustainability at some point animals must become part of the formula.  Today I discuss how to do that and how to actually sculpt land with animals being one of your tools in doing so.  We discuss how to do this on a large acreage or even a small suburban lot.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • Why animals in the first place, what does nature teach us
  • Understanding soil creation both fungal and bacterial
  • Using chickens to restore a pasture OR create a food forest
  • Using ducks for pest control and free ranging them in “forest”
  • The role animals play in nutrient bioavailability
  • How improperly managed animals can destroy a system
  • How to adapt large scale animal concepts into small scale operations
  • Using animals in suburban environments
  • How to even use animals covertly in suburban environments

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-910- Mike Canaday on Grazing Goats, Electric Fencing and Working Dogs

Properly Managed Goats Improve Soil

Properly Managed Goats Improve Soil

Mike Canaday has 30 years experience in ranching and training Border Collies and Guardian Dogs to work with and protect livestock.

Goat grazing is a cost effective, ecologically sound way to clear land and promote growth of native grasses and beneficial plants, particularly for large acreages and difficult terrain.

It has been proven to efficiently handle areas that are inaccessible or difficult to manage with mowers, areas where burns are inadvisable, and sensitive areas where the application of herbicides is not appropriate.

The crazy thing is even if you don’t own a lot of land you could still own a lot of goats.  With advances in portable electric fences, the goats ability to forage land unsuitable for cattle, the cost effectiveness over mowing or herbicides and their ability to improve soil, many people actually pay to have goats graze their lands.

Mike Joins Us Today To Discuss…

  • Getting started with sheep and goats
  • Why sheep and goats, why not cattle
  • How to properly use electric fencing for predator protection and paddock shifting
  • What to look for in an electric fence
  • How much power a fence needs to be effective and what can cause power loss
  • Using dogs for both working and protecting your live stock
  • How you get other people to pay you to put your goats on their land
  • Finding properties that will be usable for your herds
  • Why some people say “electric fencing doesn’t work” and why they are wrong
  • Scaling goat grazing up and down based on property size and needs
  • Keeping dogs fierce enough to protect a herd by still sociable when not “on duty”
  • Channeling instinct in a dog vs. relying on their “intelligence”
  • Dogs for homestead security

Resources for Today’s Show

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