Re: keyline system
- Maihki asks: "Does anybody know of or have any information about
p.a.yeomans keyline systme of land management, soil improvement."
A good friend, Abe Collins in Vermont, U.S.A. introduced me to the
writings and work of P. A. Yeomans' "Keyline System" a number of
years ago in written correspondence on other matters. I had the
pleasure of visiting his (Abe's) farm utilizing a few of the
functioning Yeomans sub-systems in Vermont early in March 2006. Abe
says they are changing (adding) topsoil and root systems at the rate
of six inches a year following these low cost, yet effective
procedures and sub-systems.
One of the many systems' elements is a type of minimum tillage plow,
and should be of interest to all commercial size agriculturalists
such as myself, along with flood irrigation systems. The plow in
particular is in keeping with Masanobu Fukuoka's tenets of non-or
I was so impressed with Abes' trust and study knowledge in these
system technologies, and with what I had witnessed, (and too my trust
in Abe's research and data) that I took the step to add the systems
to "The Elysian Fields and Pasture Project" written core element
principles this spring.
Folks who follow Vermont weather, know that early spring 2006 was dry
and then most of this summer was wet beyond record. The farm flood
irrigation sub-system didn't receive a test due to the wetness of the
entire growing season; however their use of this minimum invasive
type plow in existing deep sod created a healthy soil structure,
uniquely suited to handle the aggressive and excessive wetness.
This is older farm technology, that got drowned out by commercializm
decades ago, revisited. Its a proven keeper.
Be safe. Sincerely.
Royal A. Purdy, The Elysian Fields and Pasture Project
A.H. Tuttle and Company
Farmington Canandaigua, New York 14425
- see http://www.soilandhealth.org/01aglibrary/010125yeomans/010125toc.html
(otherwise: http://www.soilandhealth.org/, choose agriculture library
and scroll down...)