Forage Fodder/Hydroponics

  • September 15, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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Hi all -
I have been seeing an advertisement on craigslist for a company called
http://www.foddersolutions.org/home
They have a system for growing feed for animals to replace hay. Since hay
is so high right now. I was interested in learning more about this type of
feeding for horses and goats, to maybe help cut down on our feed bill.
Any experts in our group this? Sounds like a cheap/nutritous alternative to
hay.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I just saw this link for a used aeroponic tower from Juice Plus and thought some of you might be interested
    http://cosprings.craigslist.org/grd/3313687300.html

    October 3, 2012

  • Valerie B.

    There was a wealth of information and ideas. As well as practical so's and don'ts

    September 21, 2012

  • Katie D.

    Are you planning on having another meeting regarding the fogger system? I also saw the craigslist ad and I'm interested in this. I would love to see a fogger system in action.

    September 17, 2012

  • Ben

    Wonderful to see so many folks interested in finding alternative ways to grow food locally for our chickens/ducks/rabbits/etc.

    September 17, 2012

  • Susan H.

    It was great to see an aquaponics system firsthand. I can learn alot seeing how others do things in their yards. Thanks for the opportunity.

    September 15, 2012

  • Lisa M

    Fabulous! Lots of interesting ideas

    September 15, 2012

  • Jeff E.

    Thank you for sharing your home. Beautiful use of your space !

    September 15, 2012

  • Dawn

    loved seeing the aquaponic set up!

    September 15, 2012

  • stacy r.

    So sorry I missed it, my kids and I are sick so I didnt think you all would appreciate being exposed.

    September 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to come but on a Saturday I'll have my family with me. Is that o.k.?

    September 5, 2012

    • Christine F.

      Family is fine - bring them along. :)

      September 5, 2012

  • Christine F.

    If folks want to see a homemade working system we could have the MeetUp at our place. We run fish (aquaponics) instead of chemicals (hydroponics) and have had success with a variety of plants, including barley. We also have several fodder plants planted in the yard for animal feed - we could talk about those as well.

    August 30, 2012

    • Dawn

      We would love to see your set up sometime, Christine.

      September 5, 2012

    • Lisa M

      Looing forward to it! My first attempt didnt do so well..:(

      September 5, 2012

  • stacy r.

    I can't wait . See everyone Sept 15th at 10 am!

    September 5, 2012

  • Christine F.

    I hope the above time works for everyone. If not let me know and we can set something up. See ya' all soon! :)

    1 · September 5, 2012

  • Lisa M

    Eeek...I cant do most weekday mornings. I can do most evenings(after say 5ish), or weekends. I am waiting for some more info on nutritinal analysis from the CSU extension office.

    August 30, 2012

  • Dawn

    With a week's notice, we can make any morning except Thursday work. Prefer mornings, 9:30-10:00 ish?

    August 30, 2012

  • stacy r.

    a weekend day would best for me

    August 30, 2012

  • Christine F.

    What date/time works for folks? Send me some ideas and we will get it it scheduled.

    August 30, 2012

    • Vikki W.

      I'd like to see this too as I missed the last time. Thursdays are out for me. Other days are more open.

      August 30, 2012

  • David M.

    Great idea! Looking forward to discussing this with a working example!

    August 30, 2012

  • carolyn m

    I'm up in Bailey but I'd be really interested in learning more about this-I too would prefer to try a DIY set-up to keep upfront costs to a minimum.

    August 30, 2012

    • Lisa M

      Yeah, me too, I cant afford the cheapest version one of these companies offered me at[masked] Ouch! checking out videos on youtube. Trying to figure out the difference between soilless(Preferred) and growing it with soil. If your water needs to have additional supplements..hmmm...

      August 30, 2012

    • Christine F.

      Even our homemade system was $1,000 - a comporable commercial system was six times that cost. We can grow barley in our system - we use fish (aquaponics) instead of chemicals (hydroponics) to supply the nutrients to the plants.

      August 30, 2012

  • David M.

    You folk have a great start on this! There is a company called: Farm Tek. A friend gave me their catalog, and it shows this exact system you are mentioning. It is sort of a hydroponics sprouting system. The nutrients have to be put into the water, for the plants to grow. Different from Aquaponics, but very successful for other ranchers. I will try to find out more info for you. -Dave

    August 29, 2012

  • Dawn

    I'd like to learn more about setting up a fodder system. I would like to build my own set up, rather than purchasing a system.

    August 29, 2012

  • stacy r.

    I am starting a barley fodder system for my 2 horses because I just cant afford the hay prices this winter. I was thinking of going really low tech~ seedling trays spread with seed on plastic shelving racks , a few plant lights ,hand misted/watered and rotated. I just bought 30lbs of barley seed from www.hearneseed.com . I paid $0.53 a pound
    Here to hoping this is going to be a viable feed option !

    August 29, 2012

    • Lisa M

      This is exactly what I wanted to do..to feed my donkey and some goats..but, sounds like all of us could maybe do with a little input? Found some good videos on yahoo under 'gotsprouts' (The company name), good info, but I wanted nutritional information too for the various 'life forms' what sort of seed formulations for rabbits, goats, horses, etc..

      August 29, 2012

  • Heather

    My mother was just looking into this. It seems like something you could do much more cheaply than actually buying the system. I would be really interested in learning more about this subject as well if we have any experts.

    August 29, 2012

  • Vikki W.

    I'd like to know how to cultivate duck weed or "water lentils" for our chickens. I hear that it is highly nutritious. However, it is invasive so would have to be constantly skimmed. And kept separate from any hydroponics area. I'm thinking in a kid's pool with a screened top.

    August 29, 2012

  • Christine F.

    Lisa:
    Super important topic considering hay/grain shortages from the drought. Ben and I have grown barely in our aquaponics system previously, and we grow several other fodder type crops in our yard. The company you mentioned looks like it is based in New Zealand, but certainly there must be resources state-side.

    August 29, 2012

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