5414Re: [fukuoka_farming] The man who farms water
- Dec 28, 2005Dear Mr.Cezar,
Thank you very much for your info of the very
interesting man in the very dry land. I am in
Thailand, Southeast Asia and having my own land close
to a river. We have just passed the worst flooding
ever so I have different problem from Mr.Phiri but in
summer here it is also very very hot. I am trying to
study ways to grow trees in this area also and will
plant trees, vegetable for in the form of sustainable
agriculture. The more I read of those poeple in the
"impoooible to do agriculture area" the more I feel
how lazy I am in not using the good earth I have.
Thank you again for your info.
--- blimpyway <cezar@...> wrote:
> An interesting article about natural means a man in
> Zimbabwe uses to
> keep his farm green and wet while the neighbour
> lands are dry.
> Here-s a quote:
> "His farm is on the slope of a hill facing
> north-northeast (providing
> good sun exposure to the site, as it is in the
> Southern Hemisphere).
> The top of the hill is a large, exposed granite dome
> from which storm
> runoff once freely flowed. The average annual
> rainfall is 570 mm (just
> over 22 inches). However, as Mr. Phiri points out,
> this is an average
> based on extremes. Many years are drought years when
> the land is lucky
> to receive 12 inches of rain.
> When he began, it was very difficult to grow crops
> successfully let
> alone make a profit, due to the frequent droughts
> and zero equipment
> or capital for irrigation from groundwater. He spent
> time observing
> what would happen when it did rain. In small
> depressions and upslope
> of rocks and plants, the soil moisture would linger
> longer than in
> areas where sheet flow went unchecked. Thus began
> his self education
> in rainwater harvesting-and his work. Over a period
> of 30 years, he
> has created a sustainable system that provides all
> his water needs
> from rainfall alone.
> The full article is here
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