Thomas Dean wrote:
gary calery wrote:All organic food and garden scraps are reused. The only organic thing to go to the dump is chicken feathers from butchering and bones that have been boiled to get the stock out of them . If I bury them the dog will dig them up. I guess I could ground them and scatter them before I till in the garden. All organic matter from the kitchen is sorted into garden compost. Some goes directly into the garden plot. Some scraps go to the chickens and dog scraps may or may not get cooked before they are fed to the dog. The egg shells are dried and ground to be mixed with the chicken food. Coffee grounds are put into the greenhouse beds directly. Paper and boxes go into the outdoor wood furnace for our home's heat and the ashes from the furnace go into the gardens and greenhouses. Our kitchen island and refrigerator has 4-6 bowls of various materials that go out daily to the designated animals or garden. Some bulky garden items go to the cattle or donkeys to be turned into pasture fertilizer. We have no compost pile. What would typically go to a traditional compost pile is directly added to our garden for the birds to pick through before it is tilled under.
You CAN burn chicken feathers. I burned the feathers from 6 turkeys (thanksgiving and freezer birds) in a barrel. It takes a while, and you might argue that the energy input is not worth it.
After making stock, you should let the bones air-dry and then burn them in your wood furnace. We burn ours in the fireplace. The bones mostly burn up, adding calcium to the ashes that you are putting on your garden. You might have little bone shaped bits in the ashes, but if your fire is hot enough, those bone shaped bits will just crumble to nothing. Our barn dog has a habit of bringing old bones home (roadkill, probably) and he doesn't want to chew them, just collect them. They accumulate in the yard, so in the fall, I gather them up and burn them when there is a hot fire in the fireplace. Deer femurs, skulls, etc. They all burn down to basically nothing. Smoke smells funny... but not an issue for us. Dog doesn't even notice they are gone.
Joshua Radish wrote:Hello Adam and others! I just wanted touch base with y'all to say that my partner, two kids and I have just moved to NW Michigan and will be starting our permaculture ventures and soon as we finish our house and can see the ground again! We live in in Copemish on ten acres of mostly wooded land. I wonder if there is potential for any sort of gathering or something? I know there is a permaculture potluck group that I haven't had a chance to attend yet, but other than that we don't know anyone in the area and would love to remedy that. Permaculture is new to me and my gardening experience is limited to a year of working on a csa so I have a lot to learn.
Anyway, good luck and I hope you find something!