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Backyard Animals

Animals (including birds and wildlife) are a critical component of any sustainable ecosystem, as without their participation and contribution ecological integrity is diminished. Everything gardens in nature, and animals are in a leadership position. Foraging is needed to cycle nutrients, clear fallen fruit, keep weeds down, eat and spread seeds, and eat pests. It turns out food gardens need similar services, and by building timely and creative relationships between domestic/wild animals and food plants, much of the work of producing food can be accomplished through good design. – See more at: https://permaculture.org/nm/index.php/site/key_concepts/#sthash.E2nkRvr3.dpufAnimals (including birds and wildlife) are a critical component of any designed sustainable ecosystem, as without their participation and contribution ecological integrity is diminished or impossibe. Everything gardens in nature, and animals are in a leadership position. Foraging is needed to cycle nutrients, clear fallen fruit, keep weeds down, spread seeds, and keep pests in balance. Building timely and creative relationships between domestic/wild animals and food plants in permaculture gardens, much of the work of producing food can be accomplished through good design.

Animals (domestic and wild) are a critical component of any wild or designed sustainable ecosystem, as without their participation and contribution ecological integrity is diminished or impossible. Everything gardens in nature, and animals are in a leadership position. Foraging is needed to cycle nutrients, clear fallen fruit, keep weeds down, spread seeds, and keep pests in balance. Nutrients are cycled by animals, transformed from their less digestible form (such as grass or twigs) into more nutrient-dense manure. By building timely and creative relationships between domestic/wild animals and food plants, much of the work of producing food can be accomplished through good permaculture design.

Read more about our own demonstration site and work with backyard animals, and chickens.

Below are links to the past issues of the Permacuture Drylands Magazine – Sustainable Living in Drylands (1986-1996) on the subject of animals. Please keep in mind that all articles reflect the values of the authors and illustrators, as well as the time periods in which they were written.

Animals in Sustainable Systems by Joel Glanzberg

Chicken Story Part Two Strategies by Tom Ward

Pig Pig by Roxanne Swentzel

The No Tech Chicken House by Mark Slater and Dyan del Gaudio