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
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- Permaculture Classroom
Bob Wells Plant of the Week –
Arbequina 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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