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One mound at a time

I’ve been on the road most of this month talking and meeting and transitioning (see above) like mad – but not actually dong anything practical. So yesterday I spent the day up in the mountains helping to construct a bio-intensive, multi-layered planting bed under the instruction of a noted agro-ecologist called Robert Morez.
The technique involves layering all sorts of bio-material to create a mound that will supply nutrients to plants, and retain water effectively, for three to four years. The mound is a synthesis of Robert’s scientific work over decades combined with his practical experience working in Burkina-Faso, Togo, Benin, Maroc and Tunisia.
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  1. Posted June 1, 2009 at 08:15 | Permalink

    Fantastic photo documentation of a wonderful technique. I like the chunky to light layering, with the green in between, gives the microbes something to do. Inspiring.
    (JT comments: are you referring to the hump, or to the humans?)

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