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Sweet-corn ecosystem

Honeybee gathering corn pollen

Double-decker goatsThe sweet-corn ecosystem is quite complex on our farm.

Honeybees steal the pollen fated for tassels (although never so much that the air doesn't do its job of pollination).

We eat the ears. Then the leaves make great rainy-day goat fodder.

Finally, the stalks often end up as the sop-up-the-effluent layer at the bottom of a new composting-toilet bin. No part of the plant is wasted!

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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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