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Fodder System Design + Trees (Forage/Shade/Wood),­ Raising Earthworms & Worm Tea

  • Jul 26, 2014 · 10:00 AM
  • Ron & Debbie Skinner's Ranch

Designing your own Fodder System to feed your Livestock. Ron Skinner after reviewing various ready to go systems built our system to feed our meat rabbits, and sheep and supplement our poultry. We have also planted Mulberry and Paulownia Trees "Empress Trees" which supply excellent forage for our livestock (over 20% protein in the leaves), as well as shade/shelter and firewood for heating. Troy "Selph Relience" well known for his inovations with the Rocket Stove and Gasifier here in SoCal, will explain how to raise earthworms and make "worm tea" for your plants.

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  • Ron S.

    For anyone interested, I finally got an account with Lockwood Seed and am buying barley by the pallet load. Any locals that want to buy it here rather than going down the hill are welcome. I am charging $19.25 per 50# bag. It is by far the seed that I have had the most success with for growing fodder. Just let me know in advance of wanting to pick up. [masked]

    1 · August 15, 2014

    • leclear8

      I'd like to buy a bag! Joni LeClear

      August 24, 2014

    • Ron S.

      Hi, if you would like to get feed, just email me at [masked] or call/text[masked] to set up a time to pick up.

      August 25, 2014

  • Debbie S.

    See all photos on our Facebook Page "Homestead Life" Photo album Fodder July 2013 - July 2014 -

    Check out our Forage tree, and garden and herb pixs on FB page "Homestead Life" photo album "Garden & Orchard:

    1 · July 27, 2014

  • Debbie S.

    I'm loading the different hand outs and written material that was on the table at the workshop in the Files Section. Go to "More" just below the orange header bar above and click on "Files" to find them. So glad to see everyone here yesterday.

    July 27, 2014

  • Chantal B.

    My husband and I would both like to join in on tomorrows fun but...are kids allowed? We are both arguing as to who has to stay home and watch the kids. Lol We have 2 well behaved kiddos (5 and 8) that are used to doing events with us...TIA

    July 25, 2014

    • Debbie S.

      yes, kids are allowed as long as like you said well behaved..don't wander off and you keep them with you and the group :o) See you here.

      1 · July 25, 2014

  • Ron S.

    Well it looks like we are going to have a big turnout for the meetup so I am asking that you bring a chair if you think that you will want to sit during the presentation as we only have a few spare lawn chairs.

    Thanks, and hope to see you all there!

    July 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this, I have a very small fodder system now for my chickens.

    July 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this and will be there!

    2 · July 7, 2014

  • Ron S.

    Hi All, now that we have put a date on this meetup I ask that all of the people that signed up when it was first posted to check their RSVP to make sure it is still accurate. Thanks, and hope to see you all there!

    1 · July 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      no date is posted??

      July 4, 2014

    • Debbie S.

      I fixed the date and time. Thanks :o)

      1 · July 4, 2014

  • Debbie Skinner changed the date and time to Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    July 4, 2014

  • Adam W.

    Hey new to group should call an all heads meeting soon to meet people

    May 22, 2014

  • Debbie S.

    New much large Fodder System is finished now which feeds our horses, sheep, goats, pigs and rabbits. I added a bunch of photos today of the system, steps, and the livestock eating fodder at:

    January 18, 2014

  • Ron S.

    Since posting this meetup, we lost our person that was going to do the earthworm and worm tea portion of this gathering (due to a move to Mexico). We would still really like to offer this portion, so if anyone is interested in hosting that part of it, please contact me and we can work out the details.

    January 8, 2014

  • Ron S.

    Hi All, I wanted to give an update to the fodder system meetup...

    We are currently expanding our fodder system from producing 60 lbs per day to one that will produce 180 lbs per day. The new system will supply enough feed for - 2 horses, 9 sheep, 3 goats, 3 American guinea hogs, and 50 rabbits. Scraps from all of it will go to the chickens.

    There have been some challenges in implementing the system, but we are getting close! Once installed, I will want to run through a couple of 9-day cycles to verify that everything is running smoothly before holding the meetup. On the "up" side...I have learned a LOT and will be able to pass on some great information to all who are interested in setting up their own system. This will include system costs, feed costs, power consumption, etc. versus buying organic feed for the various animals here.

    The long and short of it is that I am shooting for a date sometime in February. I will keep everyone posted.

    January 8, 2014

  • Debbie S.

    Troy and family have moved to Mexico this month. Troy had planned to cover the vermiculture (earthworms and worm tea) part of the workshop. We still plan to host a fodder system workshop once we expand the rest of our system. Would appreciate suggestions on what other skill on workshop would be interesting to combine with the fodder workshop. Pruning fruit trees? Or? Someone would have to have the skill and come and do this. Thanks for understanding.

    November 15, 2013

    • Debbie

      The puppies will be going to their new homes around Valentine's Day; I plan on building a rabbit hutch and getting a pair of rabbits in early spring. Will you be having another workshop then?

      November 24, 2013

    • Debbie S.

      We raise working Malinois and own a boarding kennel as well as homesteading. Most likely the Fodder Workshop will be in January after the holidays as many folks are buy during the holidays. You can always get with us and check out our meat rabbit set up. Or, check out our "Homestead Life" Facebook page albums on our past workshops and past and current ranch projects. https://www.facebook.c...­

      November 25, 2013

  • Kathy W.

    I am interested in growing Moringa trees. Is anyone growing them? Do they grow in this area?

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Carey K.

      I plan on checking out this grower and, perhaps getting seed from him. My zone is more forgiving (23) so I may attempt seedlings in a hoop house. According to him, germination rates were low. I am more than happy to help you and Kathy with getting plants started, obtaining seed and any other info I can get.

      1 · November 24, 2013

    • Debbie S.

      It would be interesting to hear from people attempting to grow Moringas in Aguanga and Temecula. My plan right now is to not plant trees that I have to protect in the winter, but choose trees for this climate. Mulberry and Paulownia trees produce abundant leaves for example and have protein content in the 20%. I am always interested in hearing from folks growing unique forage/fruit/nut trees. Paulownia right now are an experiment for us here and we have to see how they hold up to our winds as they have larger leaves especially when young. Always looking for trees that have deep roots as well to take advantage of our high water table here.

      1 · November 25, 2013

  • Debbie S.

    Sorry for the delay in setting a date everyone! We have to finish a couple projects before setting a date. Everyone knows how Homestead projects can go..always taking longer than expected and one thing tends to lead to another project or repair. Ron wants to double the fodder system prior to hosting the event as his first design is very good, but now for the second half he has some tweeks to be made to make it easier and better. One big delay is because we got many load of mulch (the free mulch from waste disposal) delivered to the property to improve our soil and have had to then build a new area for our sheep since their field and area is now full of mulch. We are about 1/2 finished with the sheep area which will be in our 2 acre horse field and at the same time decided to make it "chicken proof" so we can run our chickens there as project leading to another. As soon as we can we will post the date.

    1 · October 18, 2013

  • Debbie

    Will the date and time be emailed to me or will I have to logon periodically to see if it has been scheduled?

    October 17, 2013

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