[USCC] Composting crop residues in semi-arid regions

Steve Diver compost@compostingcouncil.org
Fri Nov 14 11:56:05 2003


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Try this:

IndianOrganic.com
http://www.indianorganic.com/

As part of a volunteer Winrock Farmer-to-Farmer consultancy trip
on biodynamic farming and compost education in India last year, I
had the opportunity to visit Ajit Grewal's farm at IndianOrganic.

Here is a brief description I posted to Permaculture list.

[permaculture] Appropriate architecture in India: IndianOrganic.com
+ Anangpur.com
Wed Apr 9 23:33:17 EDT 2003
http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/permaculture/2003-April/017553.html

The website has pictures of the catenary dome structure they
built, as well as the green landscape of IndianOrganic set against
a barren surrounding landscape.

Two types of compost are made:  biodynamic and vermicompost.

These composts are made in significant quantities, as the basis of soil
fertility, microbial inoculation, and organic matter management
on the farm.  In India, biodynamic compost and vermicompost
are being employed by more and more farmers.  

The result, after 20 years, is that their farm is an oasis of green
composed of multi-species tree crops intercropped with agricultural
crops.... juxtaposed against a barren land in the harsh climate of
Rajasthan.   It is very impressive.  It gives hope to ecological 
restoration.  

Much of the land India and other parts of the is degraded.  Yet,
IndianOrganic shows that it is possible to renew the earth with
organic matter management and permacultural plantings.

Contact me off list if you want to a copy of my report on
Biodynamics in India. It was common to see hillside farms
in Uttaranchal (a region of the Himalayas) employ all four
of the following practices:

BD compost, CPP (cow patty pit BD preparation),
Vermicompost, and Liquid Manures (herb extracts)

The herb extracts in India -- known variously as liquid
manures, fermented plant extracts, herb teas, plant-based
pest control -- were especially interesting.  They make
plant-based pest controls from detailed recipes, using a
variety of local plants and garden-grown herbs.  They
sometimes integrate EM to make EM-Fermented Plant
Extracts, other times integrating BD preparations, vermiwash,
so on and so forth.

Ajit Grewal can host groups of farmers and agricultural specialists,
to learn composting methods, organic farming, biodynamic
farming, dry climate soil and water management, and
selection and establishment of adapted tree and agricultural
crops.  Contact him directly if you are interested.  

Regards,

Steve Diver
http://www.attra.ncat.org


Art Krenzel wrote:

>Mike,
>
>Has anyone else had a problem connecting to www.indianorganics.org?
>
>Art Krenzel
>
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: <mikepnevin@100bain.com>
>To: <compost@compostingcouncil.org>
>Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2003 10:35 AM
>Subject: Re: [USCC] Composting crop residues in semi-arid regions
>
>
>  
>
>>Quoting patson nalivata <patienalivata@yahoo.com>:
>>Hello - there are probably many resources out there, but several come to
>>    
>>
>mind:
>  
>
>>www.indianorganics.org and the Links connection of wholevillage.org.
>>Good luck Mike Nevin
>>    
>>
>>>Hallo everybody,
>>>
>>>Currently I am developing a PhD proposal on Optimizing
>>>Compost Quality for smallholder farmers in Malawi. I
>>>am interested to get some literature on 'Composting
>>>crop residue in the semi-arid and subtropical regions'
>>>
>>>Would those have some lead help on the sites to get
>>>this. Your assistance will be recognized.
>>>
>>>More time and nice work.
>>>
>>>Patson Nalivata
>>>
>>>=====
>>>Patson Cleopus Nalivata
>>>Lecturer - Soil Chemistry/Soil Fertility
>>>Bunda College of Agriculture
>>>P.O. Box 219, Lilongwe
>>>Malawi
>>>      
>>>


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Try this:<br>
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IndianOrganic.com<br>
<a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://www.indianorganic.com/">http://www.indianorganic.com/</a><br>
<br>
As part of a volunteer Winrock Farmer-to-Farmer consultancy trip <br>
on biodynamic farming and compost education in India last year, I <br>
had the opportunity to visit Ajit Grewal's farm at IndianOrganic.  <br>
<br>
Here is a brief description I posted to Permaculture list. <br>
<br>
[permaculture] Appropriate architecture in India: IndianOrganic.com <br>
+ Anangpur.com <br>
Wed Apr 9 23:33:17 EDT 2003<br>
<a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/permaculture/2003-April/017553.html">http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/permaculture/2003-April/017553.html</a><br>
<br>
The website has pictures of the catenary dome structure they<br>
built, as well as the green landscape of IndianOrganic set against<br>
a barren surrounding landscape. <br>
<br>
Two types of compost are made: &nbsp;biodynamic and vermicompost.<br>
<br>
These composts are made in significant quantities, as the basis of soil<br>
fertility, microbial inoculation, and organic matter management<br>
on the farm. &nbsp;In India, biodynamic compost and vermicompost<br>
are being employed by more and more farmers. &nbsp;<br>
<br>
The result, after 20 years, is that their farm is an oasis of green<br>
composed of multi-species tree crops intercropped with agricultural <br>
crops.... juxtaposed against a barren land in the harsh climate of <br>
Rajasthan. &nbsp; It is very impressive. &nbsp;It gives hope to ecological restoration.
&nbsp;<br>
<br>
Much of the land India and other parts of the is degraded. &nbsp;Yet, <br>
IndianOrganic shows that it is possible to renew the earth with <br>
organic matter management and permacultural plantings.<br>
<br>
Contact me off list if you want to a copy of my report on <br>
Biodynamics in India. It was common to see hillside farms <br>
in Uttaranchal (a region of the Himalayas) employ all four <br>
of the following practices:<br>
<br>
BD compost, CPP (cow patty pit BD preparation), <br>
Vermicompost, and Liquid Manures (herb extracts)  <br>
<br>
The herb extracts in India -- known variously as liquid<br>
manures, fermented plant extracts, herb teas, plant-based<br>
pest control -- were especially interesting. &nbsp;They make<br>
plant-based pest controls from detailed recipes, using a <br>
variety of local plants and garden-grown herbs. &nbsp;They<br>
sometimes integrate EM to make EM-Fermented Plant <br>
Extracts, other times integrating BD preparations, vermiwash, <br>
so on and so forth. <br>
<br>
Ajit Grewal can host groups of farmers and agricultural specialists,<br>
to learn composting methods, organic farming, biodynamic<br>
farming, dry climate soil and water management, and <br>
selection and establishment of adapted tree and agricultural<br>
crops. &nbsp;Contact him directly if you are interested. &nbsp; <br>
<br>
Regards,<br>
<br>
Steve Diver<br>
<a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://www.attra.ncat.org">http://www.attra.ncat.org</a><br>
<br>
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Art Krenzel wrote:<br>
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  <pre wrap="">Mike,

Has anyone else had a problem connecting to <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="http://www.indianorganics.org">www.indianorganics.org</a>?

Art Krenzel

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Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2003 10:35 AM
Subject: Re: [USCC] Composting crop residues in semi-arid regions


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    <pre wrap="">Quoting patson nalivata <a class="moz-txt-link-rfc2396E" href="mailto:patienalivata@yahoo.com">&lt;patienalivata@yahoo.com&gt;</a>:
Hello - there are probably many resources out there, but several come to
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  <pre wrap=""><!---->mind:
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    <pre wrap=""><a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="http://www.indianorganics.org">www.indianorganics.org</a> and the Links connection of wholevillage.org.
Good luck Mike Nevin
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      <pre wrap="">Hallo everybody,

Currently I am developing a PhD proposal on Optimizing
Compost Quality for smallholder farmers in Malawi. I
am interested to get some literature on 'Composting
crop residue in the semi-arid and subtropical regions'

Would those have some lead help on the sites to get
this. Your assistance will be recognized.

More time and nice work.

Patson Nalivata

=====
Patson Cleopus Nalivata
Lecturer - Soil Chemistry/Soil Fertility
Bunda College of Agriculture
P.O. Box 219, Lilongwe
Malawi
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