Integrating poultry and sheep on vegetable cropping land for increased economic return and enhanced fertility

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2008: $7,807.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: Northeast
State: Massachusetts
Project Leader:
Peter Lowy
Pete and Jens Backyard Birds

Annual Reports


  • Animals: poultry


  • Animal Production: grazing management, grazing - multispecies, grazing - rotational
  • Crop Production: crop rotation, fallow, nutrient cycling, organic fertilizers
  • Education and Training: farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: feasibility study, agricultural finance
  • Production Systems: integrated crop and livestock systems
  • Soil Management: soil analysis, organic matter, soil quality/health

    Proposal summary:

    Farms on the urban fringe are pressured to show more profit per acre because land values are high. The farmer will explore a diversification model where sheep and chickens become integrated into a vegetable operation. The goal is to break weed, disease, and pest cycles, add new farm products, and reduce labor costs by controlling pasture growth through two-phase grazing.

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