Conservation Pieces

Intentions, steps, and possibilities in native & heritage preservation

Wildlife

  • Water sources 2017
  • Wood duck boxes
  • Bat houses
  • Owl nests
  • Invertebrate habitat
    • Mason bees 2018
    • Aging logs 2017
    • Brush pile 2017
    • Mulches 2018
    • Pollinator forage
  • Natives
    • Evgrn hcklbry 2018
    • Salal
    • PNW salamanders

Duck Breeds

Dutch Hookbill
On waitlist w/ Holderread Waterfowl for September 2019

Ancona
Snorkel sitting eggs March 2019
15 a/o 3/31/2019

Australian Spotted

Mini Silver Appleyard

Silkie

Saxony

March 26, 2019

  • Planted a number of carrots: Dolvica (pelleted), Oxheart, Red-cored Chantenay (the last of the seed), and covered with burlap from work. Prepared the bed with a very conservative quantity of Down to Earth Starter Fertilizer beforehand.
  • 1 more broken Ancona egg (16 now)
  • Neat to see the rooster rush in to stop a hen squabble, and he tattled when Basie let himself into the bird side of the yard.
  • The 3 ducklings I kept from Papi’s hatch (blueM, piedM, atipico blackF) are incredibly cute and outgoing, though the pied one tugged my earring, punched my eye, and pinched my nose.
  • Helped at work’s garden – we laid ground cloth, pegged & slit it, and I sowed carrots, beets, kale, & chard while the beds ahead of me were leveled and more soil tilled. Rained as we wrapped up, and then was sunny today – perfect for new seeds.
  • Peeked at pre-emergent mashua and another beginning to leaf. Moved ex-pen panels (x4) to surround where I think the mashua are.
  • Both goumi, one Siberian pea, and the honeyberries are budding – the Sugar Pies are already forming little green flowers.

A Reason to Grow On

An ongoing inspiration that keeps popping back into my head since reading, is the author, having foregone any economic delusions, stated their gardening purpose to be “grow as many flavors as possible”.

Goals 3/16/2019

Attained

  • Have Muscovy flock on the farm since last June
  • Have harvested & traded a number of drakes in 2018
  • We pick up unwanted roosters from other islanders and harvest them, offering one as finished meat in return when appropriate, but primarily , in return, I am able to offer a limited necropsy report, which can be indicative of the flock’s health.
  • Perennial onions & strawberry plants, among others, have made it happily through winter.
  • Have sold ducklings (6) again this year, as well as a number of eggs, mostly chicken
  • Have an indoor light rack & shelving for indoor plants & seeds
  • Traded eggs for live rabbits & processed them
  • Perennial woody herbs in front yard bed.
  • Sold 2 adult Muscovy hens to R.

What’s New

  • Flock has expanded to include 14 hens and, temporarily, 1 rooster.
  • With ducks, flock total is almost 80 birds between the home property & farm.
  • Intent of processing facility is solid, and progress continues to be made toward the end of legal meat.
  • Doing others’ roosters is largely new to this year.
  • On waiting list w/ Holderread Waterfowl for Hookbill ducks.
  • Lentil, The House Chicken, and her currently 18 eggs
  • GP of SB expressed a conversational interest in the purchase of Muscovy ducklings.
  • ~40 lbs of meat we didn’t have to raise, house, feed, or love, harvested so far this year
  • Truffles (Oregon whites?) grow in the rhododendrons below our window.
  • Kaffir lime died

Now

  • Complete processing area & produce legal meats
  • Continue to harvest roosters & trade for rabbits
  • Complete new, larger coop
  • Determine and do first harvest/thinning of Muscovy hens
  • Continue w/perennials
  • Keep up w/food kitchen garden
  • Safe & attractive baby bays for mother ducks to brood
  • Water automation – watering for plants & birds
  • Many strawberries, alpine
  • Oca
  • Continue to build soil level in wet yard and fence gaps
  • Keep up a trickle of positive community activity via birds
  • Increase perennial food crops
  • Produce next generation of laying hens
  • Increase family’s enjoyment of the flock
  • Portable/movable duck run cycle

Goals 6/12/18

Attained

  • Been eating (snacking out of the garden for over a month
  • Garden area fenced from chickens
  • Many soil bags awaiting planting
  • Helping others w/their gardens while mine is well underway.

New

  • People want my ducks!
  • I can keep ducks on the far. No longer tightly confined to yard.
  • Ankka’s a great mom and hatched many babies. Also Papi & Greycie.
  • People also want my garden labor – I’m apparently a steal, and I can’t believe how quickly the time goes when I’m somewhat literally digging into a project.

Ideal

  • Hannerz, Empress of Duck, with enough happy birds for a regular stream of meat & eggs, selling to small wholesale customers.
  • Duck charcutienne

Realistic

  • Partially offset muscovy cost w/meat, egg, and live bird sales
  • Have a happy, healthy flock that family enjoys.
  • Through birds’ presence on the farm, increase my own.
  • Build perennial landscape
  • Grow for flavors and educational interest together
  • Build on small citrus collection
  • Grow Thai and other unique Asian flavors
  • Plan and work on indoor food production
  • Develop winter garden plan