[permaculture] Poplar trees may be new draw for pig farms

Claude William Genest genest at pivot.net
Wed Dec 17 09:22:40 EST 2003

Poplars also a good species with which to do biotecture so that you 
could weave/bind the branches of closely spaced poplar plantings to 
make a virtually impenetrable ( and decorative) fence/fedge.

Also, though the poplars are being planted in a monocrop in this 
application, nothing prevents the use of a diversity of species - 
willow comes to mind  - and why not fruit/nut trees to provide a 
further yield of livestock forage ? ( the sludge contaminated food 
couldn't be worse than the garbage their being fed  - at worst it would 
be compost material that could then be used as mulch  for the fedge...)

I understand the argument that providing a solution to this problem may 
be tantamount to encouraging more of these awful practices, but that 
doesn't change the fact that permaculture design can turn even this 
magnitude of problem into a solution  - especially since this solution 
deals with the larger issue of our need to reforest...



On Wednesday, December 17, 2003, at 08:38 AM, Lawrence F. London, Jr. 

> Rick Valley wrote:
>>> From: "sixdegrees" <sixdegrees at baynet.net>
>>> the poplar trees are not the answer
>>> changing pig raising methods is
>> F'sure! Cure a monoculture factory with a monoculture factory 
>> feedstock?
>> And I know that poplars don't do bamboo any good. So I say Pawlownia 
>> and
>> bamboo mo' betta.
> Poplars are a favorite for bees seeking nectar which they turn into 
> one of the healthiest
> and best tasting honey almost black in color. Very excellent food. 
> Noninvasive trees.
> Lumber makes excellent house siding and is a very stable wood for use 
> in making furniture.
> The antibiotic properties of poplar honey may be the highest of all 
> honeys.
> -- 
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