Welcome to our Farm Update! We want to use this section to share pictures and videos of the updates we discuss in the Sow Edible Permaculture Podcast. Todays update is from Episode 3 where we share pictures from the completed Pond 3, Crayfish, Curly Dock Harvest with recipe for Dock chips, Pig visit, and the kickoff of the Yeast Wine-off.
Early last week, we had an unbelievable amount of rain fall on the farm. We had 5 inches of rain fall in 45 minutes. Yes, that’s right 5 inches! Times like this are a huge blessing to our plants and trees, but also a great opportunity for us to evaluate the flow of water as well as how accurate all our ponds, roads, and swales have been. The day before this massive rain, we had just completed our new pond (Pond 3) and with this one rain, we were able to fill the entire pond! These ponds are available to our ducks, they are home to many water plants and trees, and we can use them at any time during long droughts to pump water to our plants. The best part about these ponds is that since the ducks play and swim in them, they are very fertilized and make for the perfect poopilizer (poop fertilizer) for our trees and plants. While each pond has a different shape and depth, they would all be considered rather shallow (deepest one is 3- 4 ft deep). The one thing we are finding is that you can not have enough ponds no matter what the size because the potential functions for them are endless. Check out the pictures below!
We introduced a bunch of crayfish to our small ponds this week. They are for our personal consumption and so far they seem to be doing awesome!
Curly Dock Harvest
To many people Curly Dock is a wild weed that they have growing around their yard or farm. In fact, you may have seen it thousands of times and not even know what you were looking at. At this time of year, here in North Carolina, our Curly Dock is going to seed. It has a dark brown head of seeds and stands about waist high. Originally we found that the ducks loved to eat it the leaves and so it was a simple forage to spread around the farm. **Just a side note, we read where the seeds are suppose to be toxic to birds… our ducks will eat them at will with no problem, but we wouldn’t advise that you feed seed to any poultry in large quantities.** We already had it growing wild all over, so last year around this time we just pulled off the seeds and threw it around the top of the farm where the ducks like to stay and around Pond 1. This year it has come back with a vengence as it is everywhere. We were thrilled because it was simple to harvest (just pull off the seeds), it produced a lot of seeds per plant, and all we did was broadcast it on the ground to plant it. Little effort on all fronts and it naturally just did awesome. This is my kind of plant:) So this year as the seed heads began to turn dark (which is a sign they are almost ready to be harvested), Stacy ran across an article about how Curly Dock is actually edible. Not only that, but it is a grain that use to be harvested by the indians and is in the buckwheat family. So we harvested some to use with our all Gluten Free purpose flour and made these awesome Dock Chips! It is a simple recipe;
Curly Dock Chips
- 1/2 cup Curly Dock Flour -just pull off by handfuls and put into a food processor (we used a Vitamix) and grind into a flour. This will grind the little hulls that are on each seed which will add natural fiber to your meal.
- 1/2 cup Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
- enough water until the dough consistency can be rolled out
- herbs to taste (we used garlic powder, salt, and basil)
Mix together, roll out very thin, bake in oven
I liked mine with Goat cheese.. but of course I like everything with Goat cheese! Ha!
So we have a male pig visiting our lady pigs for a month. He has the best job any male could ever wish for. His sole purpose in life is to give us piglets! It was a simple trade with a friend who also raises heritage breed pigs; Pig services for the pick of the litter. It works for everyone! So fingers crossed!
First Yeast Wine-off
Stacy and Dad are having a contest to see who can make better wine with the wild plums we harvested a few weeks ago. Stacy is using wild yeast that he got off of the plums and Dad is using the cultivated yeast that you purchase from the wine store. So far, they are both bubbling away in the carboy! So time will tell if you can tell a difference, and whose is better!