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Re: [fukuoka_farming] Digest Number 411

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  • Sergio Montinola
    DEAR VIN, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY MY SUGGESTIONS IN CAPITAL LETTERS. ... YOU HAVE ANSWERED YOUR OWN QUESTIONS. IF THE PLANT IS BENEFICIAL DO NOT CUT IT DOWN. YOU
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      DEAR VIN,

      PLEASE READ CAREFULLY MY SUGGESTIONS IN CAPITAL
      LETTERS.


      --- Vin Lava <vinlava@...> wrote:
      > Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2003 20:36:39 -0800
      > From: "Ingrid Bauer/Jean-Claude Catry"
      > <instinct@...>
      > Subject: Re: Digest Number 407
      >
      >
      > >> START WITH CUTTING DOWN ALL VEGETATION NOT
      > >> BENEFICIAL NOR PRODUCTIVE IN YOUR COFFEE FARM.
      > >> ALLOW IT TO STAY AND ROT ON THE GROUND AS A MULCH
      > >> OR GROUND COVER.
      >
      > > what about living companions that could enhance
      > the
      > > ecosystem. what about offering shelter and foods
      >
      > > to the animals that might protect coffe plants
      > from
      > > one sided predation like a certain type of insects
      >
      > > or parasites, what about fertiliser plants that in
      >
      > > the long run will insure a steady availability of
      >
      > > minerals (may be coming from the subsoil and
      >
      > > offered by long tap rooted plants ...) what about
      >
      > > many other considerations like distribution of
      > water
      > > that biodiversity can render irrelevant?
      >
      YOU HAVE ANSWERED YOUR OWN QUESTIONS. IF THE PLANT IS
      BENEFICIAL DO NOT CUT IT DOWN. YOU SIMPLY CUT DOWN
      THOSE THAT ARE NOT USEFUL INORDER TO GIVE WAY TO
      PLANTS THAT ARE BENEFICIAL AND PRODUCTIVE. I AGREE ALL
      PLANTS HAVE A FUNCTION. THEREFORE FUKUOKA WAS RIGHT IN
      SAYING "DO NOTHING" NATURAL FARMING SYSTEM.


      > > i can see cutting back some of the plants but not
      >
      > > eliminating any so called competitive vegetations.
      >
      > > that will be moving away from natural farming core
      > > message.
      >
      > As far as crop protection goes, I'm reading a book
      > on
      > Natural Crop Protection in the Tropics by Gabriele
      > Stoll that covers insect pests and diseases of
      > different tropical plants and suggests different
      > ways
      > to deal them naturally. I'm sure this will be
      > helpful
      > as a basis for planning for biodiversity.
      >
      > There are also local publications available that
      > recommend indigenous green manure and cover crops
      > for
      > coffee.

      YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. KEEP IT UP. REMEMBER,
      THE "PROOF OF THE PUDDING IS IN THE EATING". DO IT AND
      OBSERVE HOW NATURE RESPONDS. FUKUOKA WAS A DOER NOT A
      TALKER.
      REGARDS,
      SERGIO J. MONTINOLA
      >
      > Regards.
      >
      > Vin Lava
      > Philippines
      >
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