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Subject: Re: E-seminar in "Dark Earth Soils used by the tribes of the Amazon"
From: "Jacky Foo, SE" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jacky Foo, SE
Date:Fri, 10 Aug 2007 07:50:00 -0000

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Hello Everyone

I am happy to inform everyone that the Internet-seminar on "Dark Earth
Soils used by the tribes of the Amazon" with Mr. Mel Landers is
scheduled for 13 to 31 August. (see announcement below).
Background paper:

jacky foo
Please forward this message to your friends....thank you

On Jul 19, 9:28 pm, "Jacky Foo" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Aug 2007: E-seminar in "Dark Earth Soils used by the tribes of the Amazon"
> Venue:
> (participants who provide a brief self-introduction can receive a free "2007
> Guest Account")
> or
> subscribe for discussion messages by email
> (send a blank email to [log in to unmask])
> Background paper: Dark Earth Trial (June, 2006 to December 2006)
> About the Author
> Mr. Mel Landers is a teacher of ancient Native American crop production
> techniques. He is presently working in Nicaragua where he teaches
> sustainable agricultural production. He learned these highly productive,
> environmentally friendly techniques over the last four decades and worked
> his own farm with them for two decades. While working his farm during the
> 1980's and 1990's, he experimented with the basic Native American methods he
> had learned. He found that they conserved the soil, prevented erosion and
> increased productivity, all at the same time. For most of the last decade he
> has focused on developing and teaching highly productive, sustainable
> farming methods; based on Native American technologies.
> The most commonly used Native American technology was mulched raised beds,
> constructed on the contour to prevent runoff. This basic system of
> production was used from Chile to Canada, and everywhere in between. With
> tied ridges periodically connecting these beds, 100% of the rain can be
> harvested to increase crop production. Since the raised beds also hold roots
> up above the water level, the method is beneficial in both wet and dry
> years. This also eliminates erosion as it increases productivity. Mel
> believes that use of this basic system is the quickest way to achieve
> productive, sustainable crop production. But for the best results, he
> suggests the eventual production of "dark earth soils" such as were used by
> the tribes of the Amazon River Basin. With help from friends in a variety of
> academic fields, Mel has developed a method of reproducing these highly
> productive soils using a variety of organic waste products.
> Over the last five years he has studied and experimented with the process
> and is now ready to begin teaching others the basics of dark earth soil
> production. It is his hope that others will experiment with the soils and
> develop replicable methods for their production on a large scale. Much work
> has been done, focussing on the charcoal content of the soils. But, Mel
> believes the high humus content is equally as important to sustainable
> production with these soils. Since the greatest quantities of humus are
> produced during anaerobic decomposition, he uses a method similar to an in
> ground silo to produce the soils from a combination of biomass and charcoal.
> regards
> Jacky Foo
> --

> +++++
> 1st Intl Conf on Technologies and Strategic Management of Sustainable
> Biosystems, Australia.
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