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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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?
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!
Hello all! I’ve got one more example of propagation via seed for you today. We’ll see how the beautiful Cranberry Hibiscus, or rosa de jamaica as it’s known here, is propagated.
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!
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!