I don’t have a fully formed conclusion or philosophy on this yet, but as I continue my education in Livestock 101: The Chicken, it’s becoming apparent to me that lower-input, sustainable and time-efficient agriculture, at even the pico-level of the home garden, requires the contributions of animals.
I’m not saying you need chickens or other animals to grow a good garden – I’ve grown great gardens without chickens – but in order to have a more internally-sustaining system (in an urban area I do not believe a completely self-sustaining system is truly possible), I think you just might need livestock.
- Deep Litter Method for the Lazy Chicken Keeper (lazyhomesteader.com)
- Who’s dominant? (chickentales.wordpress.com)
- Meditating Chickens in Bear River (floramary.wordpress.com)
- We’re Ethically Bound to Eat Braindead, Legless Chickens (bigthink.com)