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A simple feed shelter built from two lightweight cattle panels, an 8x12 foot tarp, and some wire-core clothesline. The hens do not like feeding in hot sun or heavy rain, and this shelter, which costs under $40, encourages them to eat in inclement weather, keeps the feed dry, and prevents mud. Note that the tarp is lower on the left side, which is the direction storms come from, than on the right. Hens can walk right through the mesh of a cattle panel, so the addition of solid end walls would exclude ruminants from the feed area. Photo: Robert Plamondon
Taken from ATTRA publication: 'Range Poultry Housing' by Robert Plamondon

Lamoille Riverbank Restoration Planting at Prospect Rock Permaculture, Johnson, VT 2003

'Trees for Streams' is a partnership between the Conservation District, Lamoille Watershed Association, Lamoille River Angler's Association, and others commited to planting riparian buffers and reforesting denuded and eroding riverbanks. Here volunteers are planting 'Willow Wattles'. At Prospect Rock Permaculture, the willows will be used for baskets, charcoal, bent wood furniture, and propagation for more bank plantings. The buffer was designed to contain gooseberries, elderberries, highbush cranberries, and other native plants with multiple uses.

May, 2005 Photographer unknown, posted by Keith Morris. Please contact if you would like more information, slides, or other resources about riparian buffer design and planting.

Alder windbreak at NW Michigan Horticultural Research Station, near Traverse City, Michigan (primarily a cherry research station, but also other fruit). This windbreak blocks west winds off Lake Michigan from damaging a small orchard planted downwind of it (to left), as well as larger orchards across the street to the left. It probably also makes a huge difference in winter in terms of minimizing snow drifting across the road. In pics 1 and 3, notice the flagging of the sugar maple trees along the road--those are permanent shapes in the branches due to wind (the photos were taken on a calm day). The alders had a permanent drip irrigation system installed, which they needed because the soil was dry. These are probably Alnus incana, gray alder, since that species is dry tolerant.

Photos by Dave Jacke, May, 2005. Contact Dave at for more information or permission for commercial use.