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Sustainability: Its about the Soil

The Green Guerrillas are soil farmers. We profile soil in an urban agricultural environment. With the use of animal husbandry and alchemy composting techniques, we have designed and shaped a soil for the harsh south peninsula climate. This guarantees success, no matter the caliber of gardener you are.  With a guerrilla approach to self-sustainability you’ll have an abundant garden.

We know the only way the people of our community will be able to be self-sufficient is to use a growing medium that is the shit. Access to affordable growing mediums to apply to the earth and reap the rich rewards the soil can offer: this is the crux of sustainability. It’s is all about the soil.

The Green Guerrillas extend an open invitation to all the people far and wide to visit our farm this Friday...

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Backyard Spinach

The Generals Recipe for feeding your family on R2 a day.

Find a dead space in your garden. Fence it with anything you can get your hands on – to keep pets out. Sew a handful of spinach seeds. Add 2 bags Green Guerrilla prime Juju concentrated soil medium. Add water.

Back Yard Spinach

After 30 days you can begin to pick some baby spinach. After 90 days you will embark on a major harvest.  Pick, wash, and cut-freeze in zip lock bags. Or if you don’t have the freezer space, leave in the ground and continue harvesting the spinach for up to two years. 

8m x2m = 800 meals of Popeye food.

The cost of setting up your garden is R420. R20 for Non-GMO Spinach seeds – from the Green Guerrillas and R400 for Green Guerrillas Special Juju soil medium...

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Pig Harvest

Yesterday we harvested a pig. These are the General’s thoughts as the meat sits in the cold room:

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The logistics of harvesting a 350kg pig are massive. The variables are a headache. Careful planning is imperative; most importantly the initial harvest has to be well structured to ensure the safety of the harvester, and ethical handling of pig.  Pigs are as clever as dolphins, you don’t get a second chance. Again the process has to be done within 1/100 of a second  – stun, bleed.

Because pigs are so clever moving them any place that is not home will create stress. I chose to harvest this animal in its place of residence (because of its size-and to guarantee safety of all involved with the harvest).  The biggest challenge is the ability to move the pig for final harvesting...

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Harvest of Bovine

Today we harvested beef.

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Today we gave respect to the bovine that yielded that beef. The respect was a death of dignity and honour – death came quickly. There was no slaughter stress, harvest went as planned.

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It is I who facilitated this harvest, but I was not alone, to my right was my wife (my best friend), to my left was Sgt. (right hand man). It took us 5 hours to complete the harvest. We employed some different techniques to get the job done. Something for future urban agriculturists to take note of:

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We used a cable strap to secure the anus then took it backward through the cavity to ensure a clean harvest. This is the third time I have used this system – works well.

Removed the tongue before rigor mortis set in.

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Used a different  version of skinning.

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We harvested beef in...

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Harvest in the Garage

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The harvest area is prepped.

The jack props and wood beam are in place to take the weight of the carcass as I dress it. Once the animal has been bled I can remove the hooves and secure the back tendon on to the angle iron. This will keep the hind quarters apart and allow for easier skinning. Whilst I work I can use this contraption to slowly raise the carcass, with the neck down. In the first few minutes I hoist up to ensure a good bleed. There will be a lot of blood.

Having the responsibility to slaughter a big animal that you and your family have been accountable for, watched and cared for – it’s not a task you just potter off and do...

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The Green Guerrilla Half Ton Vermicast Eeeezzzzy Peeeezzzy

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Compost worm separation technique.

At the Green Guerrilla Farm we have perfected the process of nurturing composting worms. We harvest one and a half tons of vermicast (otherwise known as worm poo or worm castings) on a 27 day cycle. This is a key ingredient for our compost and soil, as it is incredibly nutrient rich, full of the goodies that help us to grow organically yet intensively on our urban homestead.

But separating the vermicast from the worms is much trickier than you think:

First spread the vermicast out on tarpaulin or plastic.

Leave in sun for 1 hour.

Return and scrape off 3cm or until you reach worms.

Return every 30 minutes and repeat.

After 4 repeats flick tarpaulin up and all the worms will land on surface.

Capture the worms in a bucket and return to worm hive.

As you wai...

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