Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The chickens "help" us pick

Part of the practice of biodynamics is to use animals where possible to complete tasks that may on other farms fall to machinery or use of chemicals. For example, running sheep through the vineyard in early spring to eat the grasses and other cover crops being grown between rows and thus turning them into powerful nutrients for summer vine growth.

At Felton Road we have a brood of chickens - not just for some of the most tasty eggs imaginable - but to help keep insect pressure down. When we were picking the Block 4 Riesling the other day the chickens were more than happy to follow us around and pick up any falling earwhigs. Given their enthusiasm I have to believe that they were tasty little morsels indeed!

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