Livestock have been crucial for soil building and the success of Funny Duck Farms, a mixed livestock and CSA operation located in Ontario.
Livestock are at the center of soil building and the success of Funny Duck Farms. Farmer Sam Klinck explains how, with a photo tour of her family's farm.
In a well designed outdoor arrangement, poultry are able to forage, explore, have dust baths, stretch their wings and socialize.
More often than not, people who work with animals enjoy the rewards of their relationships with them. Whether it’s the daily milking of dairy cows, watching calves play or lambs spring-board off their mothers’ backs, putting feed or treats of apples in front of ‘enthusiastic’ animals…there is often a feeling of pleasure and fulfillment in looking after the critters and connecting with them.
Henriette (not her real name) greets me enthusiastically at the door of her large home in an affluent southwest Edmonton neighbourhood. “Come on in, the ‘girls’ are in the garage,” she explains.
“We are working here with an age-old concept,” says Chris Boettcher. “All enterprises on the farm work in concert to make up a whole, which is bigger than the sum of the parts. The more diversity we add to the farm as an ecosystem, the easier it seems to get—managing the individual players in the symphony.”