Restoring a forest with Mangalitsa pigs: using disturbance to activate the seed bank
At Hard Struggle Homestead, we are dedicated to sustainable and environmentally-friendly farming practices. That's why we have turned to Mangalitsa pigs to help us restore a forest on our property.
Mangalitsa pigs are a heritage breed known for their foraging abilities and their ability to produce high-quality, flavorful meat. They are well-suited to clearing overgrown land and will happily eat weeds, grasses, and other vegetation. In addition to clearing the land, Mangalitsa pigs also fertilize the soil and improve its structure with their snouts and hooves.
Using pigs to restore a forest has several benefits. In addition to clearing the land and improving its fertility, pigs can also create disturbance, which can help to activate the seed bank in the soil. This allows new plants to germinate and grow, creating a more diverse and healthy ecosystem. By choosing a heritage breed like Mangalitsa pigs, you are also supporting sustainable and humane farming practices.
At Hard Struggle Homestead, we have successfully used Mangalitsa pigs to restore a forest on our property. By creating disturbance and activating the seed bank, we have been able to encourage the growth of new plants and improve the health of the ecosystem. If you have a forest on your property, consider using Mangalitsa pigs to help restore it and create a more diverse and sustainable environment.