The Urban Farming Guys

logoThe Urban Farming Guys have posted video’s of their recent trip to India.

If your into sustainability, aquaponics or community projects, I would definitely recommend having a look.

It is inspirational stuff, makes me look forward to, all the more, the community projects I would like to explore, once McNicklebee farm and my business plans are all up and running.


For those of you who would like to know more about the Urban Farming Guys, take a look at their web page here and their Youtube channel here.

The work of others like this really inspires me and I look forward to seeing what they will do next.

To wet your appetite, a little more info about “The Urban Farming Guys”.

Who are we…..

We are the urban experiment…

We are the seed that died and went into the ground.  We are about 20 families who have purposefully uprooted from out of our comfortable suburban homes and moved into one of the worst neighborhoods in Kansas City.  We each bought homes within a 5 block radius of each other and we put down our stake for the sake of the youth and the poor. What is going to happen to us … who knows, but this is certainly not a novelty idea, and please don’t try it yourselves without thinking it through.  We are a band of pioneers.  We don’t claim this is even a good idea…. it is our lives.  We are cultivating the life of the innercity. The Police helicopter is our favorite bird.  Neighborhood meetings are our drama.  Dropping crime stats are our touchdown cheer.  Just to see people walking their dogs around the block again is a sign of good things to come. Stay tuned, lots of adventure to come


So what is Vermiculture?

For those of you asking the question, this is a excerpt from the Davley Organics web page, all credits Davely Organics Nelspruit South Africa.

Davley Organics use a windrow vermiculture system with the help of a very unique work force. Vermiculture is the conversion of organic matter into an extremely fertile fertiliser with the use of Tiger Earth Worms, commonly known as Red Wigglers (Eisenia Fetidia).

The process involves the digestion of organic matter by the wriggly workforce and the resultant production of two fertlisers.
Vermicast, the solid fertiliser, and Vermileacheate, the liquid extract commonly known as “worm tea”.

A few facts about Vermicast and Vermileachate:

  • Vermicast is an organic fertiliser as opposed to a compost.
  • Vermicast improves the physical soil structure.
  • Vermicast and Vermileachate (Worm Tea) enriches the soil with micro-organisms which attach themselves to plant root hairs and improve water absorption.
  • Microbiological activity is 10-20 times higher in Vermicast than in the soil.
  • Vermicast attracts earthworms already in the soil to the surface bringing nutrients to the plant’s root system.
  • Vermicast improves water retention properties in sandy soil.
  • Vermicast improves the plants health and resistance to bugs and infection. A healthy plant repels attacks by bugs.
  • Vermicast improves the root development and structure of the plant.
  • Applying Vermicast means that chemical fertilizer costs will decrease over time as the soil is improved to a balanced level so that chemical additives are not required.
  • Vermicast is applied at a rate of a handful per plant and does not leach away or deteriorate like chemical fertilizers.
  • Vermileachate is mixed at a ratio of 10:1 and applied as a foliar feed or through drip irrigation, a little goes a long way.

Let the blogging begin!

Hi there and welcome to McNicklebee Farm Blog.

As I am relatively new to the world of blogging, it may take me some time to get into the swing of things. I should be pretty busy over the coming years, so I’m under no illusions, posts might not be all too regular, but the idea is to keep a record of my adventures.

My first blog was here and included my wormeries in London and my intention was to get my window cill aquaponics set-up on there too, but who has the time in London right!

Plans for my departure are proceeding nicely. I have moved out of my flat and am staying with my mate, who has very kindly offered me his spare room. Emigrating always involves a million small things to sort, a good to-do list is a must.

I plan to fly mid June or there about arriving in winter. This will give me plenty of time to acclimate to the heat and humidity I will be expecting in Nelspruit. To start though I will be flying to the coast to see my parents and then driving up to Nelspruit together. A good 1,500km drive, that’s about 17 hours, Ouch!

Yea, I heard you, rather me than you right!

The most important this is of course is the farewell party. I have booked the Smithfield Tavern in Farringdon London for 7pm till late.

Looking forward to seeing you all there 🙂