[permaculture] Overly optimistic permaculture attitude towardsland

Scott Vlaun scott at moosepondarts.com
Thu Dec 3 15:00:00 EST 2009

A couple of ideas come to mind that might help keep that expensive  
fertility in place.

The right cover crop combination can go a long way keeping fertility  
on the site with the extra benefit of hosting pollinators, etc.

Also biochar application is purported to help hold nutrients over  
time, along with the bonus of sequestering atmospheric carbon. We  
have a small trial going but nothing to report yet, although plenty  
are singing the praises.

What's WAG?

Scott Vlaun
Moose Pond Arts+Ecology
Design Solutions for a Sustainable Future

450 Main Street, Studio 2
Norway, Maine 04268
207-739-2409 Studio

On Dec 3, 2009, at 9:14 AM, Margaret & Steven Eisenhauer wrote:

I suspect all these fertility imports are unsustainable in a post oil  
So how do I garner fertility without employing a tremendous amount of
overhead, and the work to apply these materials?

I am looking at the farm organism model whereby there are many players -
plants/animals/microbes/people - all of which will do work for food  
with the
potential result of balance and resource availability/fertility.   
This is
systems modeling but with the added WAG that goes along with learning  
experience and often failing.

It is not easy or cheap - So my hat is off to those that are trying new
things and letting us know about it!

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