Integrating animal systems into your property and design is like entering into a sacred covenant with Nature. You are entering into a partnership, for better... or for worse... so you need to consider deeply the living elements with which you intend on sharing. There will be many considerations for this, like what type of needs will these life systems have and how well will you be able to meet them? When it comes to organizing your daily tasks, life systems take priority in any landscape, so how much attention do you feel you have to give? You can’t decide one moment that it just isn’t your day, there are sentient forms out there that may need you. So your design has to factor in how independent you wish for these systems to be. How are they to be nourished day to day in return for their service to you? In return themselves, when properly managed, cared for, honored... animal systems will actually make your food production better. If growing your own high-quality food, they can save you money, time and effort. They will have inputs though that you must meet, but with proper design and integration, you can supply much of this need from your own systems. So don’t overextend them. Yet animal systems produce outputs too, and it is for this reason that one would integrate them, so you need to be aware of what those outputs are. Many of these outputs are recycled back into your other systems or enjoyed directly by you. There is a feedback loop being honored here, just as it occurs in the natural world. You will have increased fertility in your soils, and increased abundance in your crops. Your food will be more nutritious...your land will thrive. You will experience a greater connection to Life and Nature. Perhaps greater joy and abundance. This covenant isn’t to be taken lightly, however... it is not to be taken for granted. Respect Nature... respect life always.
Post credit: @permaculture_with_soul [GLO Teaching Assistant ] Repost from: @geofflawtononline