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Raising Heritage Pigs

Wendy Parker of Heritage Farms Northwest in Dallas, Oregon talks about pasture farming heritage hogs (red wattle hogs and American guinea hogs).

Raising Guinea Pigs for Meat

A couple in Queensland, Australia talk about keeping guinea pigs for meat. They decided on guinea pigs because they had limited space and keeping rabbits in Queensland is illegal. They eat the males and keep one male and females for breeding (they have about 20 guinea pigs). They have plans to set up an aquaponics system that would incorporate droppings from their guinea pigs.

Here are details on raising guinea pigs for food, how to set up a herd and living spaces for the pigs, how to sex and breed them, etc. from Lisa F.

Food Forest Garden in Oregon

Jon Kohler takes us through a food forest garden just outside of Portland, Oregon.

Seed Saving and Heirloom Seeds

Jeremiah “Jere” Gettle, the founder of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds talks about his seed bank in Petaluma, California, seed saving, heirloom seeds and biodiversity.

Cheesemaking in the City

Portland, Oregon resident, Claudio Lucero shows us her work as a cheesemaker and how it connects with local dairy farmers.

Urban Cheesecraft from Etsy on Vimeo.

Growing Grain On Your Farm to Combat High Grain Prices

Learn about what Organic Dairy farmers in Vermont are doing to combat high grain prices by growing their own grains.

How to Make Biochar

Biochar is charcoal created from natural materials in a low/no oxygen environment (also called “carbon black”). It is apparently a great way of renewing the soil and increasing your crop yields.

Here, John Rogers, who has a 2-acre farm in Florida, talks biochar and shows us how he makes it.

Raising Rabbits for Meat

The newsurvivalist gives a detailed walk-through of his urban rabbit raising set-up (he houses his Florida white rabbits in his one-car garage). Newsurvivalist recommends Bob Bennett‘s books on rabbit raising and has based a lot of his rabbit raising operation on these books. “Don’t say you can’t grow your own livestock because you live in a city, because I have proven it here. I live in a city,” he says.

Watch for the water distribution system he has set up for his rabbits. It’s really interesting.

Note that the last two videos are about slaughtering, skinning and butchering the rabbits and show these processes.

Building Barrel Root Cellars

DeanLeatherman explains and shows how he built effective root cellars for root vegetables and cabbage from large plastic barrels buried in the ground. He talks a bit fast, but explains his concept and what he did well.

I did wonder whether the plastic would be secure enough storage against any burrowing animals, but he didn’t mention rodent infiltration as a problem he’s experienced so far.

Let’s Raise Hens

Detailed instructions on best practices in raising chickens from chicks on up. This video was created for the JustFoodNow initiative in Western Massachusetts which was created to share information about sustainable food in that area.

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