Animals on the Farmstead & Permaculture Projects
We run our little farm in a way that makes sense and allows us to work with nature, while obtaining a good yield; permaculture does just that. It incorporates landscaping, architecture, growing fruit and vegetables and keeping animals into one big design. I have a permaculture design certificate which I got in 2014; now we moved to Spain, I'm putting it into practice. We did a lot of earthworks (including swales, ponds and trenches), rebuilt one tiny house and built a really big one, started three different vegetable gardens, are taking care of our many trees (about 250 productive trees so far, and counting) and raising animals. We keep chickens for eggs mainly (and meat, if we have extra roosters) and will soon be getting our first alpacas (expected July 2017).
There are hundreds of reasons to keep a little herd of alpacas on your land - we listed our top reasons in this post.
If there's just one thing you must know about alpacas - it's that they're not llamas. Find out the differences here!
We keep our chickens on rotating pastures with the help of electrical fences. Find out why and how we do it - and what we really think of the mobile chicken coop known as a Chickshaw.
How can you make sure the friendly neighbourhood fox doesn't have your chickens on the menu? Start with these 7 practical tips. And stay vigilant...
Roosters have a few important tasks when they're part of a flock of chickens. We're looking for the perfect rooster to keep in the years to come; read all about our rooster criteria...
We want our finca to be lush and green; we think the most efficient way to keep the grass nice and short, is to have it grazed. On the long run, it's not that much more expensive - and a lot more fun.
Growing up around chickens, I didn't like them one bit. However now I have my own, I want to turn all of my friends (and strangers) into chicken lovers... There are so many reasons for keeping chickens!
Have you ever heard of permaculture? No? Then this is a good place to start. It's just a tiny introduction to the basics of permaculture - more related articles to follow in 2017.
“Let’s make our own goat cheese”. That sounds nice, doesn’t it? To make goat cheese though, you need goats. We borrowed two from our friends to see how they'd fit in...
2014 has been a year of firsts - so on this first day of 2015, I'm writing about the best "first" we had in 2014. Of course every time we got to travel to Matarranya was very special, coming "home" to the view of the Els Sports mountains was amazing time and time again, finding all kinds of different vegetation & animal traces on our finca was more than interesting and we had a lot of fun with the almond harvest... but the best thing was the olive harvest. It was our first time, and we learned so much.