Composting Chickens: How to Design and Manage a Composting Chicken House

Composting Chickens: How to Design and Manage a Composting Chicken House

There are lots of different designs and schools of thought about how to house chickens, such as free-range or rotational yards. We've tried a few methods over the years, and found that deep-bedding composting chicken houses are the best system for us. Imagine: on only 2 x 2 meters you can keep 8 hens and produce over 2000 eggs and over 5 m³ of compost every year! Check out the video and blog post below for the inside scoop on chicken houses:

How to Milk a Goat . . . The RIGHT Way!

How to Milk a Goat . . . The RIGHT Way!

Greetings guys! Settle in, because today's a biggie: we're are going to learn how to milk a goat. It's actually a really easy thing to do, but when people first start milking it can be a little tricky. What we are going to do is to walk you through the whole process from start to finish to see how we milk a goat and produce clean, healthy, raw milk at Atitlan Organics. We really recommend watching the video with this blog, as a lot of what we're describing is easier to capture visually. Enjoy!

Field Trip: Quixaya

Field Trip: Quixaya

Today's post is a glimpse of the beautiful town of Quixaya, which in the local Mayan language of Kaq'chikel means "Heart of the Water." Every Intro to Permaculture Course has a Friday Field Trip day to explore the region and see some other examples of permaculture in action. Quixaya's community-based agriculture system of integrated wetlands (producing tilapa, snails, and literally tons of watercress), traditional milpa and highland agriculture, and various micro-systems in between are a mind-blowing example of what can be accomplished with permaculture! Enjoy!

How to Take Cuttings of Mulberry

How to Take Cuttings of Mulberry

Hey guys! Today I'll go over cuttings once more, this time taking a look at the mulberry tree, and how it can be propagated via cutting. If you haven't checked out any of our other posts about taking cuttings, here's where you should begin.

Cuttings: Edible Flowers

Cuttings: Edible Flowers

Today we're taking another look at the plant propagation method of taking cuttings. Here's what we like to call "tropical cotton" (genus: albutilon), a beautiful and yummy edible flower which we include in all of our salad mixes.