Neal Hegarty of Abundant Edge : Stories of Volunteers Past

Neal Hegarty of Abundant Edge : Stories of Volunteers Past

Today we're hearing from Neal. Many of you who have been to the farm in the past several years know Neal from his role as Volunteer Manager and Permaculture Course Facilitator, but you may not know that recently he and his partners have founded their own Permaculture-based homestead and regenerative design consultation firm, Abundant Edge.

Vlog 2 : A trip to Xela, Ginger Beer, and Wild Fermentation

Vlog 2 : A trip to Xela, Ginger Beer, and Wild Fermentation

Today, we've taken a trip to the city of Quetzaltenango, also known as Xela ("shay-la"). It's an amazing place to visit, with tons of culture, amazing food, amazing markets, and lots of cool permaculture stuff going on. We're going to catch up with my friend Juan Pablo, who has a market garden here in Xela, we'll make some ginger beer, and I'll review Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz.

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:

Atitlan Organics Vlog : Limes, Chicks, Y Mas!

Atitlan Organics Vlog : Limes, Chicks, Y Mas!

Today we're sharing the first of our new vlog series! We have so much cool stuff going on on the farm all the time, and we wanted to figure out a way to capture it and allow people to see and hopefully learn something and try some of these things on their own. 

How to Use a Cream Separator

How to Use a Cream Separator

Greetings! Today we'll take a look at how to use this Ukrainian cream separator. If you're dealing with goats and decide you want to make cream or butter you'll find this common model of cream separator on Amazon. It's good quality and a great price, around $130. The only problem? All my directions came in Ukrainian! It comes with a whole lot of pieces to assemble and it took me awhile to figure out, so I'll share it here in hopes that it may speed up the process for some of you.

Plant Division : Bananas

Plant Division : Bananas

Today I'll be sharing a closer look at plant division, with bananas, Everybody knows that bananas don't really have seeds. If you've seen them growing you'll know that they're also not woody and upright, but there are a lot of baby bananas growing around it. So we'll lift one out and take it over to our propagation station!

Plant Propagation : Plant Division

Plant Propagation : Plant Division

Here's an example of how to tell a plant is propagated through plant division:

We meet a plant. As you know, a lot of plants don't really make a viable seed and they also aren't woody and upright. Well,  if that's the case what is the next question in our plant dialogue?

How to Make Blood Sausage

How to Make Blood Sausage

Greetings guys! Today I'm going to be showing you how to make blood sausage. In the video, I'm making it with blood and organs from a goat. You could pretty much do it with any animal that you can eat. Watch and learn!