Sprouting Your Own Animal Fodder - $10

Let's get together, eat some food, meet one another and share some knowledge and skills! Bring something you would like to share to eat.

At this class we will talk about the whys and hows of sprouted grains, seeds, and legumes as animal fodder; where fodder is simply referring to food that is given to animals rather than what they forage for themselves.

There is a $10 per person charge for the class

We will talk about:

Step-by-step sprouting procedure
Which grains to sprout for livestock
How much sprouts to feed
Benefits to feeding sprouted grains – nutritional and cost

We are by no means nutritional experts, but we have been feeding our animals with sprouts for a while now and are completely blown away by the possibilities and the benefits we are seeing nutritionally and financially.

You can research fodder systems online and will see the variety of systems available for purchase; some costing upwards of $15,000. We will talk about how for very little out of pocket money you can design and build your own system to suit your livestock’s needs.

You can listen to Jack Spirko's "The Survival Podcast" Episode-1033- Fodder Systems and Brian Newhouse on Permaville. The link is listed below: http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/fodder-systems-newhouse-on-permaville. To listen to the portion on sprouting you only have to listen to the first 14 to 15 minutes.

You can also listen to a speech given by Jerry Brunetti on the Dietary Needs for Livestock at:

http://www.h2ofarm.co.uk/Science/Jerry_Brunetti.aspx

Lastly you can check out two farms that are growing sprouts and feeding them to their livestock. They are:

Paca Pride Guest Ranch @ http://pacapride.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/from-seed-to-feed-in-8-days-barley-fodder-sprouting-trials/

Quartz Ridge Ranch @ http://quartzridgeranch.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/our-fodder-room/

Hope to see you there!!!!!!

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  • Harry F.

    Have you guys considered growing mealworms? It seems like the technique is similar to barley and the chickens love them. Very expensive.

    October 7, 2013

    • CATRYNA W.

      We bought some 16"x 22" sterilite containers from True Value and filled them half deep with Bran. (but any size will work, you could go bigger) We put a couple of layers of paper bag on top to keep it dark. We added the meal worms and fruit and veges as food for them between the bran paper bags and then leave them alone. My daughter has two going and has a screen over the two containers. I cut a section of the lid out of mine and taped screening on the inside, for ventilation. You just have put a potato or apple, banana, etc, in occasionally, to keep them fed. After a while they will turn into black beetles and lay eggs. We try to catch the beetles after they have laid eggs and before they die and feed them to the chickens and then once the eggs hatch and grow to a certain size, feed them to the chickens. The whole process takes about 3 months. But, after that it becomes of a perpetual thing.

      October 8, 2013

    • CATRYNA W.

      Danielle Tell me about your maggotry. I have Googled and Youtubed it and also have gotten some info from the author of the book called: "The Small Scale Poultry Flock."

      October 8, 2013

  • CATRYNA W.

    We have been growing meal worms for a while and plan to start our worm farm soon.

    1 · October 7, 2013

  • Harry F.

    I built a tower from some shutters we removed from our house. but i am having trouble finding barley seed in san diego. what are the places in ramona that has them?

    August 7, 2013

    • CATRYNA W.

      Catt's and Elson's

      August 7, 2013

    • Danielle

      Harry. I was at both elstons and catts today. Carts did not get any barley in this week and you have to special order it from elstons. If you have a feed store that is close to your place go in and ask them to special order you a 50 pound bag of recleaned barley. You will probably have to prepay and it takes elstons about a week to get it in

      August 7, 2013

  • CATRYNA W.

    Danielle: Thank you so much for opening your home and explaining and showing us your system for growing fodder. It was just the expertise we needed to be successful in our endeavors to start our systems.

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Donna B.

    see you all soon!

    August 3, 2013

  • Danielle

    For those of you planning to attend the sprouting class tomorrow, we have 20+ people planning to attend, if possible, please bring a chair with you.

    August 2, 2013

  • Danielle

    Hello Everyone, We are getting ready to copy all the materials we plan on handing out on Saturday and I would like for those of you who plan on attending to confirm your RSVP by either emailing me at [masked] or commenting here. We want to make sure we have enough copies for everyone. Thank you.

    July 28, 2013

  • ron

    I NEED A CARPOOL FROM OC

    July 28, 2013

  • Cathy G.

    I hope to make this class!

    July 7, 2013

  • CATRYNA W.

    My daughter and I might not be able to find a sitter for her 4 children. Would that be a problem? And, do we pay when we arrive?

    July 2, 2013

  • Erica G.

    I'm happy that this class is coming up. I've tried to sprout fodder a few times, with varying (poor) results.

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • CATRYNA W.

    I don't know if I will be bringing anyone or not.

    July 1, 2013

  • Danielle

    Hello everyone, We realized after posting this that we had a slight conflict with picking up kids at camp in afternoon, so we're moving it up an hour to starting at 9:00 a.m.. Sorry if this effects anyone schedule too much. Hope to see you all there

    June 25, 2013

  • Harry F.

    All we have is chickens. Is this class worthwhile for feeding chickens?

    June 25, 2013

    • Danielle

      Hello Harry. We started off feeding them to just our rabbits and it was definitely worth it then and now we feed it to our chickens, rabbits, goats, and quail.

      June 25, 2013

  • Danielle­ changed the time from 10:00 AM to 9:00 AM

    June 25, 2013

  • Donna B.

    Can't wait! I was going to purchase the farm tec product...

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • Jackie A.

    sounds great, but have a dog due to deliver that day so if I can come it would be spur of the moment

    June 25, 2013

  • ron

    need carpool

    June 25, 2013

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