Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
Man and Nature will bring back the hour
Of splendor from the grass and glory of the bower,
That new our farms will cultivate;
We will not grieve but rather find
New wealth, new health, new paradigms;
The time is ripe and not too late
For splendid herds and splendid yields
And splendid children born of splendid fields.
– William Wordsworth rewritten for our times
In winter, when surplus greens are scarce, we supplement our backyard poultry’s diet with wheatgrass. Justin sows a few dozen trays and each morning the feather menagerie get a flat of “grass” to nibble on. Boy, do they go to town on the grass flat!
Not only does their health benefit when the chickens/ducks has the opportunity to graze on “grass” but the people’s health also benefits from eating their eggs with increased egg nutrition (high in Omega 3-s and vitamin D)
The old saying “You are what you eat” comes to mind, but also what your critters eat too.