[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
>> And I know that poplars don't do bamboo any good. So I say Pawlownia
>> 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
> lfl at intrex.net
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