Skandi Rogers wrote:10-20 acres of vegetables is a huge amount. The parents in law do 20 all row cropped with most weeding/planting/sowing etc done with a tractor and around half the beds in plastic ground cover and it still takes 10 people full time. So I would say no animals you simply will not have time. They used to have cows which ate almost all of the scraps but when they expanded to 20 acres they didn't have time to keep them any more and had to get rid of them. their 20 acres produces around 3-4 TON of scraps per week in season. most is composted some goes to a neighbouring dairy farm.
If you mean 10-20 acres of land and 1/2 acre of vegetables then you probably need something to eat grass to keep the rest of the land in check, round here 10 acres would be 3-5 cows the number of geese or ducks you would need would be insane. I've done chickens and ducks and the amount of scraps they eat makes no dent on the scraps a 1/2 acre intensive garden makes not in the numbers I had anyway (5 chickens and up to 32 ducks) To make a dent on the compost needs (for 1/2 acre) I would guess we would need 40-50 chickens which is over the limit here. I would say pigs are the best choice for us that is what we will do once we manage to save up enough for the fencing (I will not keep them in the barn even though it is already laid out for pigs)
Jen Fulkerson wrote:Thank you everyone for all your thoughts, information, and scientific knowledge. I may actually make biochar in the future, I would use the pit method so I don't have to buy anything. For now I will inoculate what I have and call it good. I will inoculate it with compost tea, because I do that anyway. My question is, is 48 to 36 hours long enough? Can I use the liquid in my garden, or will that be a bad idea? How about in my compost? Would that be a better option?
Trace I like your saying. Perfection can get in the way of production. Thanks all.