I’m going to show you a picture. Tell me what you see in the picture’s future.
Come on. Ignore the alfalfa. Ignore the chicken tractors. What should be here? What would you do with this space?
I’m asking you to be creative. I have an acre that makes several tons of feed for ruminants and chickens. Is that the best I can do? What else could I do with the space?
Remember this mild disturbance from mid-March?
Well, now that it’s hot and dry we see this:
Recovery is slower in the absence of rain…but it does recover. I’m have raised 4500 pounds of chicken on this field and two cuttings of alfalfa…and it’s not even July yet. But then what? I haul goat and cow manure out of the shed to spread it out on the field again? I compost the chicken guts and bring them back out to the field? Isn’t there something better I could be doing?
I ask this because I’m reading The Blueberry Years. Also I’m making an intensive study of permaculture right now. What if I planted 1,000 berry plants? What if? What if I planted them on contour to preserve water? What if I planted an orchard? What if I planted a food forest? What if I just sculpted the landscape to retain water and grazed it with beef? Where would I raise chickens? Would I raise chickens? Possibility overload!
I look at the alfalfa field and I see any number of possibilities…maybe even a series of greenhouses. What do you see? What could be there?