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Remineralization with animals followup

Goat pasture

Last year, our goats barely nibbled in their summer pastures. But after twenty months of manure deposition, the soil is finally fertile enough for plants to grow. And grow they have!

Grazed goat pasture

This photo was taken six days after the first image in this post. Artemesia, with the help of her kids, has eaten away all of the choice greenery within neck reach of the fence and has squirted out three quarts of excess milk for us to enjoy in the process.

Goats eating ragweed

Time to bend down some of those extra-tall ragweed plants in the center of the pasture so our dwarf goats can continue chowing down!

Overall, I'd say Artemesia is now getting half of her daily greenery ration off the pasture, which is a good start. (I still take her out in the evenings to graze in the woods.) Perhaps in a year or two, we'll have a couple more pastures and yet more fertility in the soil and won't have to worry so much about rustling up extra-curricular forage for our goats.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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