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By Anne Fanatico

NCAT Agriculture Specialist

Published 2006

ATTRA Publication #IP300

Hens

Hens

“Alternative poultry production is growing due to consumer demand for specialty products from cage-free and free-range birds. This publication discusses the differences between alternative and conventional production systems. Alternative production systems vary according to size but, in some countries, are standardized by specific definitions to assist in marketing. The various aspects of free-range systems in the U.S. and abroad are presented. Common poultry housing approaches are also discussed. Integration of poultry production with crop production on a diversified farm is an important part of sustainable agriculture, and birds can be integrated with vegetable production (“chicken tractor”) and with grazing livestock, such as sheep. Organic poultry production is a type of alternative poultry production that is currently enjoying a growing market. Considerations surrounding organic production are presented. Production topics such as outdoor access and pasture management, pasture rotation, and predator control are also discussed.”

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Soil Chemistry Guidelines

Soil Nutrients Table

Soil Nutrients Table

shrimppop writes from blog.greenerminds.com

“This week saw the delivery of NOFA’s newspaper Natural Farmer, which is always chock full of amazingly useful information. The paper is quarterly and usually features a pull out section on a particular topic, this one being the topic of Nutrient Density. There’s a fabulous long interview with farmer and consultant Mark Fulford of Teltane Farms in Maine.

In talking about soil nutrients, Fulford offered a very concise useful nugget about soil chemistry, which I’ve tried to capture in the table below…”

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Farmers handbook

Farmers handbook

Craig Mackintosh from Permaculture.org.au writes…

“Worldwide, mainstream aid projects tend to deal with the symptoms of problems, rather than the problems themselves. In fact, often aid projects actually exacerbate the root issue, by supply free food and clothing that undermines the ability of people on the ground to make a living. In other words, we put them out of their low carbon business, forcing them off the land into cities where they must become part of the consumer treadmill, or perish…”

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The Earth’s Oldest Trees

The Earth's Oldest Trees

The Earth's Oldest Trees

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Uploaded on February 13, 2010 by Michæl Paukner

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Sustainable World Radio

Sustainable World Radio

Sustainable World Radio brings you in-depth interviews, news, and commentary about Permaculture and sustainability. Tune in to discover practical, creative, and innovative solutions that guide us to a better world.

Sustainable World Radio – Permaculture

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Do you run a permaculture business?

Just wanted to let you know that my brother’s business Limejuice.com.au has some great online specials on at the moment that I thought might interest some of you.

Need a logo, brochure, business card, flyers or stationary for your business, then see what LimeJuice.com.au can do for you?

Limejuice.com.au actually designed my company logo!

Promotional printing offer

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Edible Container Gardens

Edible Container Gardens

Leonard Barrett writes…

“A few years ago, my friend Laura Altvater (of Mostly Medicinals) put together this great edible container handout for Portland Nursery. It has some really imaginative themed combinations, as well as a container idea for a shady situation, and one for hot and dry.

I’ve had this lying around for a while, not wanting to toss it, but not knowing quite what to do with it either. So yesterday I decided to scan it and put it out as an inspirational morsel for folks who are gearing up for Spring planting…”

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