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  •  Poor non-"agricultural" land and nonstandard crops (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Stetson

    I know even that can be extremely difficult, but we don't need what's usually called "agricultural" land, which is usually plowable rich and flat bottomland.  

    If it isn't actually vertical, you can improve it and grow permaculture crops on it.  Grapes, for instance, grow better on poor steep slopes.  A small amount of land can produce a lot more than a cornfield, if it's managed intensively and sustainably.  Hazelnuts, tough small fruits, perennial vegetables, etc.  Plus a few tomatoes for pure pleasure.  

    Stacking trees, shrubs, and grassy plants can give you seven times as much photosynthesis as the same flat area of corn.  A little livestock to help build the soil, maybe a hive or two of bees?  A root cellar, a solar dehydrator, a stock of your own fermented sauerkraut or kim chee?

    Check out:

    Capture and store every drop of rain that falls there to compensate for increased flooding and drought probabilities.  There are techniques for growing plants in arid countries.

    Things are very scary these days, but we can start working on alternatives.

    •  Great info. Thanks. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      The most serious problem in American politics today is that people with wrong ideas are uncompromising, and people with good ideas are submissive and unwilling to fight. Change that, and we might have a real democracy again.

      by Eric Stetson on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 10:52:13 AM PDT

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