Daily Chores at Granja Caimito

Every day (that means 365 days per year) we are performing chores as described below in detail. We try not to work hard but instead focus on observation, monitoring and on finding oportunities to automate things whenever possible. Being busy is what we try to avoid.

Whenever it says “check” below that means you should either take corrective action, if something is not well - given you know what to do - or inform others who may know. If nobody is available to talk to, write a message to #granja in Slack.

According to the zone layout the chores are described per zone.

Attention: “Daily chores” does NOT mean “morning chores”. It means these activities have to be performed daily but some can be done at any time while others are better done at the same time every day. Feeding animals is best done every day at roughly the same time.

Zone A: daily chores

Pigs

Pigs are moved from paddock to paddock depending on how the ground looks like. If there are signs that they are tearing up the pasture, they need to be moved to the next paddock. Some uprooting is good as it allows water to inflitrate the soil. When the grass starts to disappear, it is time to move them.

Cows

Move cows according to the grazing plan.

Zone B: daily chores

Zone B consists of a few paddocks and the main work area with the house.

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Recinto / Main work area

The areas marked in yellow have daily chores assigned.

Recinto

Food forest

The food forest is supposed to be a self-sustaining and growing system. However, at this young stage the young trees and young ground cover need a bit of help to get established. That is why we have a drip irrigation system installed.

We try to drip irrigate every second day for an hour. If the day is very hot, we turn it on every day.

If plants show yellow leafs, there might be a problem and we need to investigate. However, it may simply be lack of water and in that case we need to drip irrigate more frequently.

Waterer for horses and sheep

Check that is has water. Check it is clean (no leafs, no algae) and clean if necessary. To clean it turn it over and scrub it. Then check the flow valve inside and watch it fill up and check that the flow valve cuts off the water flow.

Feed the horse and sheep

We try not to provide additional feed, if there is enough grass available.

During the dry season we provide additional feed to the horse and sheep. There is no dedicated feed. We just put the feed on the ground in the area next to the gates and the chicken coop. If you want to, you can feed the horse while holding the bucket. If you don’t, just put the feed on the ground but a bit separate from the one for the sheep.

Hens

Refill the feeder inside the chicken coop. You may have to move it a bit to make the feed inside come out at the bottom so that the chickens have access. The chickens will all gather around it and start eating. Don’t be afraid of the sudden action.

Check the waterer inside the chicken coop.

Use the now empty feed bucket to collect the eggs. Hang the bucket on a nail, if it is early in the day. That allows someone else later to finish collecting the eggs. If you believe all layers have finished laying eggs, take them to the house to put them in egg cartons.

Pigs

These pigs are fed differently from the pigs in zone A.

Check the waterer.

Provide 2 scoops of pig feed for each pig. Don’t overdose. They get kitchen scraps and leftover food from the house as well.

Rest of zone B

There are no daily chores defined as of yet.

Zone C: daily chores

Cows

Move cows according to the grazing plan.

Zone D: daily chores

Once in a while we go for a hike in zone D. There is nothing to perform there at the moment.