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Re: [fukuoka_farming] altenatives of burn woods to open new farms???

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  • Ingrid Bauer/Jean-Claude Catry
    Do you know some alternative ways to avoid burn woods and bushes as a traditional way to open new farms in tropical woods? it depend what you call farm land
    Message 1 of 5 , May 10, 2005
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      Do you know some alternative ways to avoid burn woods and bushes as a
      traditional way to open new farms in tropical woods?

      it depend what you call farm land and what plants you want to establish in
      place of the original forest . In the tropic the "agressiveness" of the
      native vegetation can makes it hard to be on top of it , (cutting and
      mulching with the dead branches tronc etc.) as they grow back so fast .
      With the decision to supress destroy or at least alter an ecosytem, comes
      the responsibility of replacing it with a viable solution ( where all plants
      and animals introduced can find a balance between themselves and whatever
      native living beings you want to keep )
      so my advice go slow in the process of transforming an ecosytem into
      another. plant what you want and supress just what is needed( light wise
      especially ) by cutting and mulching and let the other aeras not yet planted
      , alone till you need the space occupied by the original ecosystem.
      overwise there is the danger for you to become slave of your desires ( not a
      good thing from a natural farming perspective )

      takes the time also , before doing anything else, to just observe and be in
      what is and apreciate each plants and animals for how they fit with the
      whole of the present ecosytem . there is here very valuable informations for
      you to learn and get inspired..
      jean-claude



      Diego Villegas



      PD: By the moment I have to choices to get some land:

      1.- 70 ha with forest, but far away of town

      2.- 30 ha closer to a little town. With 08 ha among manihot, bananas,
      coconut and others; and 22 ha of forest
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