Area 71 Restricted Research & Development Area - The Chicken's Promise Land!
If I am raising livestock, I need to feed them. If I have to eat what I am raising, I need to know what I am feeding to them. This area is going to be dedicated to feeding our second free-range flock. Did you know that we can prep our not-so-wonderful soil by growing cover crops? A lot of cover crops are nitrogen fixers. We will go in-depth with this on the "Sacrificial Land" page, but my plan for this area is to sow Winter Rye during the cold season and let it grow. Our chickens will eat the Winter Rye during the winter, harvesting the plot before the plants produce seeds. We will harvest, cure, and store the Winter Rye for our chickens and goats. We may also be using it for a few other projects. In the meantime, after letting the soil decompose the rye, we mix in goat and chicken manure, add compost from (plant-based) kitchen scraps, then till the amendments into the native soil, allowing that plot to rest between harvest and sowing the next crop. Hopefully, this process is successful, allowing the next crop to thrive, whether it is another cover crop, or a production crop for us to eat! I will upload the pictures and explain the process as it develops!
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America's largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased that Kozue Maye at Poof Dirt Farms in Pahrump, NV has successfully created a certified Wildlife Habitat through its garden for "Wildlife" movement.