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Target Grazing Goats/ Goat Rental
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Waterbug Nov 18, 2014.


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Waterbug replied to Heather Welch's discussion Target Grazing Goats/ Goat Rental
"Don't know how to contact the goat dude, But I do know lots of tradesmen who don't advertise at all because they get all the work they want from word of mouth and repeat business. Advertising just generates a lot of phone calls and emails…"
Nov 18, 2014
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Target Grazing Goats/ Goat Rental

Hello All,I am looking into target grazing some goats to clear brush on a couple of acres, but because I'm not living there I would have limited supervision of said goats.The more I learn, I more I am convinced that goats on the prowl need a goat herd or at least a more present party to stop them from wreaking havoc on the neighborhood fencing and/or prevent coyote predation. Wouldn't it be cool if you could rent a goat!?! So google tells that Arizona Herdsman Eco Goat offers such a service,…See More
Nov 16, 2014
Derek Sheriff replied to Heather Welch's discussion Catch and Release Rabbit Traps in the group Micro Livestock
"Did you manage to solve the problem? I'm sure we'd all love to get an update :-)"
Dec 10, 2011
Ericka replied to Heather Welch's discussion Catch and Release Rabbit Traps in the group Micro Livestock
"Could you open a section and "herd" them that way? You would need a large group to convince the bunnies to move where you want them. Check for holes in the fence or under, since they got in some how. Gophers will start to be a problem too…"
Nov 7, 2011
Ruth A. Lindsay replied to Heather Welch's discussion Catch and Release Rabbit Traps in the group Micro Livestock
"I wonder if it's something the AZ humane society would be willing and able to loan you. They have humane traps for the spay and return program they run for cats. If you can't find someone here who has them to loan out it might be worth a…"
Nov 7, 2011
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Catch and Release Rabbit Traps

Hi All! We appear to have two bunnies who have managed to get themselves inside the 'protective' fencing surrounding the school garden at Mesa Community College. My poor students have had to watch their winter transplants nibbled down literally overnight. So I was hoping that someone might have some catch and release rabbit traps that MCC could borrow until the culprits can be relocated to new home. If anyone has access to something like this we would really appreciate the loan! Thanks -…See More
Nov 6, 2011
Heather Welch replied to Erica (Dawnfire)'s discussion Sheep vs. Goats in the group Micro Livestock
"I have thought of this too.. and one thing that I wonder about is how well the sheep would do with their wool coats in the Phoenix summer... I haven't had a chance to do any research - whether you would shear the sheep before summer anyways? -…"
Jul 25, 2011
Heather Welch replied to Bethany Lobocki's discussion Fellow dairy goat people? in the group Micro Livestock
"I have heard about this but I havent found much info... Do you which dairies and if you can buy directly or do you need to go through a separate store? I got hooked on raw milk sold through Healthy Habit on 7th st but they kept raising their prices…"
Jun 17, 2010

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The Inevitable Overwhelm

So, it has come down to this: I have been living in my fabulous new paradise property for two months (cringe) now and my amazing edible paradise is still far from completion. How could this be, you ask? As so often happens with projects of magnitude, I have reached the phase of paralyzation.

We all lead busy lives. And, for most of us in permaculture, our lives are in transition. We are working toward a more sustainable future by choosing to live by example. People don't change until… Continue

Posted on October 3, 2008 at 10:16pm — 2 Comments

Tomato Follies: Accepting Biodiversity

The grand tomato that you see before you is one of my most emotional gardening achievements. The strange thing is that it was the easiest thing in my garden to grow. I did not lay mulch or compost. I did not even sow seeds. The plant that became this tomato is a marvel in and of itself. It is volunteer.

Volunteer plants are plants that seed themselves in a cultivated gardenscape. Plants that you don't ask for and certain do not… Continue

Posted on July 17, 2008 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Site Visioning: When the Current Tenant Still Hasn't Moved Out

I am so excited about getting started on the permaculture design for the new house that I will be moving into (and yes, this does happen every time. and yes, I do tend to move alot. But hey, who can fault guerilla permaculturing the Valley by spending a year in every rental available?) that I have begun a brief design of the site without actually walking the property. Huh.. you say? How can you complete a design of a property that you may have seen but never actually paced out the dimensions… Continue

Posted on July 10, 2008 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

In the Beginning...

I have been convinced that the best way for me to document my permaculture experiments and revelation is through this blogging option (It was pointed out to me that I always lose the scrap papers and bits of napkin that I usually jot these things down on and that if I ever wanted to be able to find this information again, it might be best if I put it somewhere physically out of my hands :).

As I am preparing to move to yet ANOTHER location, I will be putting my summer garden at my… Continue

Posted on June 27, 2008 at 11:03pm — 1 Comment

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At 11:05pm on August 27, 2009, Ericka said…
There was a mixup on the start date in the newsletter, I do not know exactly how it happened as we were still working out the location details, but it did. The next week they printed in the newsletter that there was a mixup with the real start date and that is the story.

Sorry for the confusion, I had plenty to deal with myself regarding this believe me :)
At 9:44pm on August 21, 2009, Dominique Shilling Plendl said…
Thank you for writing back about the class that was starting on the 5th.
No problem, I am in your current vege garden class.
I am the one who moved up to the empty chair in the front.
At 5:31pm on August 21, 2009, Wendy Shepherd said…
Thanks Heather. I will attend a class in Sept. Meanwhile, I am doing some reading and preparing the ground in my backyard for my first ever garden!
At 6:36pm on August 6, 2009, Robert said…
Enjoyed the course very much. Is was laid out well and presented the same. I heard that you have a structure of sorts in your backyard made of rebar for your plants to grow on, thus saving space and support for the heavies. I was wondering if you would mind posting an image here. It might give me some ideas. Thanks again for a well done class.
At 8:52am on August 5, 2009, Dominique Shilling Plendl said…
I want to sign up RSVP for your vegetable gardening class at the Pink spot. Is there an open space for me?
What time does it start?
Did not find contact information in the email about the event.
I will watch my email for you answer--
Thank you ,
At 12:47am on August 5, 2009, Wendy Shepherd said…
Hi Heather~

I want to take your vegetable garden class this saturday but didn't see where I can register and I don't know where it is located. Can you help please??

Wendy Shepherd
At 8:42am on August 4, 2009, janeen mandell said…
confused...weekly email shows a class I would love to attend but no link to register...can you give confirm the class is being held? 08/08 830am at the pink spot
At 11:49am on June 29, 2009, Dana said…
Heather - I have a yard full of (UGH) Bermuda that I want to eventually kill off & turn into edible gardens....I looked at the catalog on & found this....
C l o v e r , Cr i m s o n
Trifolium incarnatum 1–2 ft. HA Fast-growing, winter annual legume
hardy to 10° F, colder if sown with a cereal grain such as oats or triticale.
Sow in early fall to incorporate the following spring or in spring for late
summer incorporation. Adds nitrogen and organic matter and suppresses
weeds. Showy red blooms attract beneficials. (⅓–⅔ lb./1,000 sq. ft.)
—S22193 pack (1 oz.) $6.89 —S21015 (1 lb.) $12 —S21016 (5 lb.) $47
C lo v e r , Me d i u m R e d
Trifolium pratense 1-2 ft. HB Vigorous, popular legume loosens subsoil,
releases phosphorus and potassium, suppresses weeds, and hosts beneficials.
Sow mid-spring and incorporate 18 months to 2 years later.
Mow at early bloom to stimulate new growth. (¼–½ lb./1,000 sq. ft.)
—S22194 pack (1 oz.) $3.99 —S13633 (1 lb.) $7 —S13634 (5 lb.) $27

You had recommended in your Designing A Garden Class to use Red Clover to kill out Bermuda & I am wondering of the 2 options above...does it matter which one I order or will they both do the same thing??

Also interested in hearing what you have to say regarding Nick Torrez'z "decay spots" on his peppers....same thing happened to mine.

Thanks so much for any knowledge you can share with me. I really love your classes!!
At 7:12pm on June 28, 2009, NIck Torrez said…

I attended session 3 & 4 of Designing Garden. I really enjoyed, and got quite a bit of informatino thanks! I have question on beown, o r looks like decay spots on my Bell Pepers and hot peppers. I thought the sun was just burning the fruit, but I even found these spots on fruit shaded by the leaves. The plants look healthy to me, so I don't think I can apply the leaf chart/problems from you hand out to the fruit. Any thought after looking at the pictures?
At 8:19pm on June 13, 2009, Greg Brownell said…
We are O.K. I really like your classes. I am about to start on a 1/4 acre garden, and I guess I am a little nervous. I have not gardened in almost ten years and I am trying to get my smaller garden (which has lain fallow for quite a while) before I take on the larger one. It has been a long time since I have had a serious relationship with the soil. The soil is so important. Thank you for your patience.

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