Farming in C3Po: Permaculture in Practice Part II
Despite valiant attempts at a diversified kitchen garden, our free-range chickens wreaked havoc on everything in the plot except for the coco yam, basil and aloe, which, apparently, are bomb-proof.
So, the first of our many projects this summer was to relocate and renovate the chicken coop. Presto-chango, and the coop quickly became a frame so that it was light enough to carry down the hill to the new garden beds.
How many people does it take to move a chicken coop? 18. Thank you, Putney Student Travel 2014!
The coop is now a chicken tractor that can be displaced so that the valuable chicken manure can efficiently fertilize our fields.
Another very successful, sustainable project has been the mushroom house.
Most importantly, now that we have a starter culture, we will teach the incoming Bridge Program students how to perpetuate the cultivation, which entails everything from growing mycelia to composting and sterilizing sawdust and assembling the bags.
One of the challenges of being a charity here, is to empower, not enable. We strive to do that in the classroom and outdoors on the farm. The students will be in charge of the hen house, the egg production and the raising of the pullets for sale or trade. They will also be in charge of the mushroom house.
Without your donations, we wouldn’t be able to do any of this. You are the power. Thank you!!