[Market-farming] Coleman: "We no longer dig the garden."

Tradingpost tradingpost at lobo.net
Mon Feb 5 13:26:58 EST 2007

Well, I'm not confused. Inverting and pulverizing soil is what oxidizes
soil organic matter and upsets the soil structure. That is the kind of
tillage best avoided if possible. If anyone wants to call surface hoeing or
chisel plowing tillage, they can define it any way they want. I won't tell
others how they must define terms. When Eliot Coleman tells us he no longer
digs the garden, he tells us exactly what he means. Getting sidetracked
over definitions obscures the whole point about building and preserving
productive soil and cutting input costs. And if that's not the most
important thing, I'd like to know what is. 

paul tradingpost at lobo.net

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On 2/5/2007 at 12:37 PM STEVE GILMAN wrote:

>Actually, it's extremely confusing, pointless even, when someone  
>makes up their own definitions of terms that are in common usage to  
>try and argue a point, especially when they don't even bother to  
>state their personal definitions, upfront. In a list devoted to open  
>discussion, especially, it's not browbeating at all to ask for  
>adherence to real terminology, not one's own made-up versions.
>Overall, there's some good things that have emerged in this  
>discussion, although because of the above it was hard to keep on  
>track for awhile there. Still, up to now, participants in the  
>discussion centered on the discussion at hand.
>And ...  I saw no public bullying of anyone until this...
>On Feb 5, 2007, at 12:00 PM, market-farming-request at lists.ibiblio.org  
>> Good stuff. Getting a couple of books like this
>> under your belt might keep browbeating bullies
>> from doing the semantical equivalent to kicking
>> sand in your face in public places.
>> Allan

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