27 January 2018
Incorporating animals into our property design is of course a possible food source, but also spreads the burden of pollinating, aerating, digging, mowing, spreading fertilizer and containing pests.
We’ll be spending the entire day in Whakatane visiting permaculture properties. The topics will cover animals but will also touch on permaculture gardening, bamboo forest management, eco structures, making cob bricks and renewable energy since we will have excellent examples to look at on the day. Integration, management and care of animals (poultry, worms, goats, sheep, pigs and cattle.) Brief discussion on rabbits and bees. Establishing a habitat for spiders, butterflies, other beneficial insects and birds. Pasture care and other animal food sources. Fencing. Wildlife. “Pests.”
Heidi Schicker, Louise Shaw, Susan and Keith Palmer
“How fantastic to see a family living what we’ve been talking about all year. And I really got the reality of having and caring for animals, not just the cute, fluffy “Wouldn’t it be nice to have our own milk cow!” sort of future dream.”
“It was interesting to discuss how to encourage beneficial insects and other organisms and discourage the uninvited ones! All the hosts were informative and personable.”
“Louise blew me away – how much she knows about the insects in her garden, just from paying attention and then looking things up in books and on the internet. She totally woke me up to a layer of life I’ve been oblivious to in my own garden.”