[permaculture] Energetics

Bob Ewing & Jocelyn Paquette sixdegrees at baynet.net
Thu Sep 12 16:53:14 EDT 2002

Stone Age Farming: Eco-Agriculture for the 21st Century

                       Alanna Moore

                       Python Press, Australia copyright 2001 isbn: 0-646-41188-8

                       A Review

                       The opening words of Stone Age Farming echo a crucial message. You may have heard thesewords
or something like them before: We humans are destroying the earth upon which we  depend for our very lives.
Industrial forestry and industrial farming have and continue to damage   the soil upon which existence rests. What
makes Moore's words stand out is that she is not                       preaching doom and gloom but simply setting
the scene before presenting a way out, in fact  several ways out.

                       That there are alternatives, readily available alternatives to our current industrial
agricultural methods is the central message of Stone Age Farming. This book provides the farmer, the
                       urban gardener and all of us with not just hope, but a hope that is based upon research and
                       development. A hope which rises from tried and tested techniques which have improved the
                       health and vitality of the soil and those living on and dependent upon that soil.

                       There is an old gardening saying that goes like this: feed the soil. This is precisely what
                       is talking about when she discusses the effects that adding rock dust to your land will
have. "
                       A healthy soils requires an extensive range of trace elements to feed micro-organisms and
                       sustain the humus complex, and the finer the particles these are supplied in, the quicker
                       microbes can incorporate into it. Basalt rock dust is one of the best sources of minerals,
                       having a wide range of trace elements." (p.9)

                       Stone Age Farming also provides insights into the role that paramagnetism, which is defined
                       as a weak attraction to a magnet, plays in the development of healthy soil. "In soil it
                       (paramagnetism) is a measure of the soil's ability to attract and hold energy."(p11)

                       Moore's exploration of the world of subtle energies may be difficult for some to accept but
                       those who are seeking ways to improve plant growth her well researched and documented work
                       provides the reader with genuine opportunities that need serious consideration. If you are
                       concerned about the world's food supply, the disappearance of topsoil, the shortage of water
                       simply want to raise good, healthy crops for your family then read Stone Age Farming. The
                       time it will take you to finish the book will be time well invested in your and your
family's future.

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