Integrated Rabbit-Strawberry System Optimizes Production

Mississippi farmer Stephen Wyatt received a Southern SARE Producer Grant to support his design of a greenhouse system that integrated rabbit production and strawberry production to help overcome challenges experienced with traditional production methods. “The rabbit and strawberry system that evolved from the original inception to the completed project is astoundingly optimized, and weather, pestilence and predator-protection optimized,” explains Wyatt. Strawberry plants provide shade that contributes to rabbit well-being, while rabbits provide fertilizer that increases strawberry production. Wyatt found the integrated system economically viable. “By joining these two production systems a combined solution is generated that is cost-saving, more sustainable, and increases marketability of the product,” Wyatt explains.