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Getting sheep ready to head out on grass for the summer is not as easy as it may seem. When you have four stomachs, getting a tummy ache can be deadly. When eating new foods, such as most of us don’t know how we will react. Will we get indigestion. Will we have an allergic reaction? Will we get bloated?
Sheep, all ruminants really, can get bloat when introduced to new foods, particularly legume (alfalfa and clover) pasture to quickly. This can be very painful and sometimes lethal for the poor sheep. Most lawns are a mixture of many things, so we really like to be careful, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Today was a “training” day. This is where we are slowly introducing our sheep to fresh greens again after a long winter on hay. All morning they have been eating mixed hay. By around noon they tend to be fairly full and are all ready to lie down and chew their cud or ruminate. When they are taken out onto the pasture when full they tend to eat less (a.k.a. not pig out) slowly getting used to the new green stuff.
Harry and Blackie didn’t do a lot of eating today, but the whole experience of getting out, being lead, and seeing new environments in small increments of time helps to acclimatize the sheep to the whole process. Our sheep are pretty used to loud noises, dogs, machinery, cars, and kids screaming, but after a winter off, they need their spring training camp again. This means less stress – fewer health issues – happier sheep!
Blackie acknowledging the camera.
What’s down there? Harry is curious about his surroundings.
Nice and cool in the shade.
Looking at themselves in the basement window – more sheep!
Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments. It is about designing households and communities that are productive, sustaining and largely self reliant and have minimal impact on the environment.
International Permaculture Day – The first Sunday in May is a day where a range of permaculture events occur across Australia and the globe. Open homes, gardens and farms, films, educational workshops, permablitzes and a host of other activities provide an opportunity for the public to see positive permaculture projects in action, to talk personally to the people living it and experience the permaculture movement first hand.
Last year, thousands flocked to discover what permaculture is all about, to see home gardens and to find answers or solutions to problems. This year promises to be even bigger and better, with many more homes, gardens and workshops on show.
In three weeks All Sorts Acre will be starting it’s 9 month weekend Permaculture Design Course. There are a couple of spots left. Time is running out to register. Some of what the we will be doing over the 9 months:
We are so excited to be offering our Permacullture Design Certificate Course!
The course runs one weekend per month over 9 months.
Why such a long course?
Not everyone can get away for a two-week stretch. We didn’t want to teach a course that we couldn’t attend ourselves so we formatted it in a way that we could have been participants as well.
We feel that learning in small increments, taking it home, thinking about it in your own environment and coming back with questions specific to you is important. Then you can ere ally apply it to your own life in meaningful ways.
We also want to begin building a strong permaculture community. Meeting, talking, and breaking bread together for almost a year makes it easier to find meaningful connections between us.
To make the course as well rounded as possible we wanted to share the teaching. We aren’t experts in everything, but found people that were to compliment the PDC curriculum.
Combining permaculture with seasonality just makes sense. There is so much to see and experience from season to season.
We can’t do as much cool stuff in a short period of time. Field trips lets you see permaculture applied in different ways.
And Finally, we felt it was more like real life. Knowledge unfolds with experience over time.
We are really excited this year! It seems to be that everything we have been working towards for a few years now is beginning to come together in so many ways.
First we are in the process of updating the info on our website, but here is what we are planning! We will be doing a lot more teaching this year. This will include:
Felting Workshop Series: Both needle and wet felting classes.
$100 Food Forest workshops: A great way to test the waters of permaculture.
Intro to Permaculture workshop: A 2-day workshop that covers the Ethics, Principles, and basic design.
Wholistic Observation: Not just knowing that we need to be more observant to design, but HOW to be more observant. Tips, tricks, and techniques used by artists, animal trainers, naturalists, and trackers.
We are holding our first Permaculture Design Certificate Course! Our course is really focused o the permaculture design process and systems thinking. here is a sneak peek at what we will be offering at our PDC!
A 100+ hr 9 month Permaculture Design Course from April – December. Learn to
create sustainable landscapes, homes, communities, and life with practical instruction and hands-on activities. Includes field trips, design practicums, and guest speakers. Topics include:Permaculture Ethics & Principles, Wholistic Observation, Design Process, Reading the Landscape, Natural Patterns, Forest Gardening & Agroforestry, Composting & Soil Health, Building for Sustainability, Energy & Water Systems, Aquaponics, Animal Care & Husbandry, Tracking, Wildlife, Foraging, Designing for People, Community & Economy.
If you would like some more information, or like to be put on the mailing list for updates please give me, Jennifer a shout at jjo [at] allsortsacre.ca