|The image on the left is from a back pasture on our property that we have not used. The image on the right is from our main pasture, which we have used for the last 3 years to raise pastured poultry. As we move the chicken tractors across the pasture, chicken manure is spread in a thin layer and quickly incorporated into the soil by earthworms and other soil organisms. This builds organic matter and soild fertility.|
The grass is so lush and healthy in the main pasture that I couldn’t even get a picture of Jack without knocking some of it down. I set him down, stepped back a few feet and he disappeared!
So the grass grows better with pastured poultry… why is this important? Grass growth is an indication of soil health. Soils on farms all over the world have been depleted by chemical-based agriculture and erosion caused by overtillage. Pastured poultry is a quick, ecologically friendly, and cost-effective way to regenerate those worn-out soils; all while producing healthy and humane meat for people to eat.
Once the soil has been rejuvenated, any number of crops can follow. Healthy pastures can be used for grazing ruminant livestock or converted to grain or vegetable production. Humanity can recover from the ecological harm caused by modern agriculture, but we must implement practices that work with the regenerative cycles of nature rather than strip-mining nature’s abundance by way of repetitive monocultures.