Seven Springs Speaker Spotlight: Harvey Ussery, Chicken Farmer

| 9/12/2011 11:44:49 AM

Tags: Seven Springs 2011, Speaker Spotlight, Modern Homesteading, Erica Binns,

Get to know Harvey Ussery of The Modern Homestead. 

What are you going to speak about at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR? 

Harvey Ussery The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: I will give an overview of my holistic approach to mixed-flock, homestead and small farm poultry husbandry, as presented in my new book of the same title. My approach emphasizes integrating the poultry flock into the total home and small market food production enterprise, by enlisting them as partners for soil improvement, making compost, insect control, and more. All aspects of housing, health, feeding, and ranging are based on fullest possible provision for their natural lifestyle on the home place.

Chickens in the Garden: This presentation will be a case study of the possibilities outlined in my Small-Scale Poultry Flock presentation: strategies for using a working flock of chickens to till in cover crops, control slugs and snails and weeds, and make compost — without trashing the garden.

Trash to Treasure: Bioconversion of Organic “Wastes” to Resource: To truly imitate nature, we must banish all notion of “waste,” remembering that in natural systems one critter’s waste is another’s priceless resource. This presentation will focus on three options for achieving this alchemy: working with decomposer organisms such as earthworms and soldier fly grubs, and partnering with composter chickens, from the backyard scale up to the use of a flock of 1200 layers to make hundreds of tons of compost per year in Vermont Compost Company’s fascinating model.

What are you most looking forward to sharing with FAIR attendees? 

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