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  • By using the word “non-vegetarian” I am defining a group by reference to a minority. By using “carnivore” I am incorrect except for some traditional Inuit. Perhaps “standard” or “conventional” would do but I’m not happy with any of these. Using “normal” while it may be accurate, does seem disaparaging towards vegetarians/vegans.

  • Thanks muchly!!
    I’m looking for a word to replace omnivorous in sentences like this:
    The system is highly flexible allowing for personal preferences including vegetarian, omnivorous, commercial and self sufficient options.
    So while I like your word…

  • replied to the topic Injured chook in the forum Backyard livestock 13 years, 1 month ago

    He’s probably just sprained it. I’d leave him in the pen with the girls, he’s already in pain why disrupt his social context?

  • I’ve modified the flow chart to better suit my needs. You can view it at http://shipleyfarm.tripod.com/id5.html. The idea of using fish which means water doesn’t seem a goer in our climate. Excess worms can be fed to the chooks and quail, worm castings go on to the vegies or paddocks direct or as a liquid manure tea.

  • From my reading, dog poo is fine compost, particularly if you feed it through worms. Cat poo is nasty stuff that can but not neccessarily will contain pathogens that are dangerous to humans, pigs and other stock. Dogs seem keen on eating it but I think a precautionary approach is warranted.

  • replied to the topic Hello One and All in the forum Introduce yourself 13 years, 5 months ago

    I’ve uploaded some photos and more to follow later.
    The geese are five months old and one of the kids’s projects for next christmas dinner.

  • replied to the topic Hello One and All in the forum Introduce yourself 13 years, 5 months ago

    I use a coffee grinder for the corn. I look forward to a larger hand operated grain mill.

  • Hi Kirsten,
    Books are always a problem, “A Guide to Organic Living in Australia” by Micheal J. Roads is for a few acres but useful. “The Complete Book Of Self Sufficiency” by John Seymour is my bible even though it’s a northern hemisphere tome. Googling “mini farms”, “mini farming”, “micro farms” and “micro farming” will also result in great…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Hello One and All in the forum Introduce yourself 13 years, 5 months ago

    Get yourself a business plan and plant a diversity of crops to cover any mishaps. I used to holiday on the Sunshine Coast as young fella. Noosa, Sunshine Beach and Maroochydor(?). Coolum was just a hill, a pub and a servo. I image its changed a little since then.

  • replied to the topic Hello One and All in the forum Introduce yourself 13 years, 5 months ago

    The Sunshine coast climate would be ideal. My philosophy is to grow unusual different plants that can’t be sourced from giant hydroponic greenhouses. We are small and need to exploit niches in the market. Was reading about edible flowers last night. Might be another area with potential.

    The cow is a cow.

  • replied to the topic Hello One and All in the forum Introduce yourself 13 years, 5 months ago

    The blue corn is an ancient variety grown by the Hopi in the south west of the states. It is flour corn traditionally used for tortillas etc. We use it for bread, pankcakes and muffins. It is sweet, nutty and nohing like semolina. The Dexter’s dam was an Ayrshire/Jersey cross.
    The restaurant greens came about through a chance encounter with a chef…[Read more]