Guest Post – My friends Wayne and Connie Burleson travel the world teaching people everywhere to grow their own food.
Find them here: http://farmer-to-farmer.org/volunteer/stories/wayne-burleson
(Excerpts from NAKED LAND NO MORE articles) By Wayne Burleson
Let’s wakeup everyone, especially gardeners, ranchers and farmers. Poor soils equate to poor life. No soils, no life. Healthy soils, healthy life. If you look out your windows or walk on the land and see naked soils, these soils are dying, and economics are dropping.
The words “Naked Land” comes from a trip to Tanzania, Africa. An elder African fellow that has a very interesting museum at the base of the famed Mount Kilimanjaro made the following impacting statement to us: For 2,000 years after the invention of iron; “Man has been making the land naked.” (meaning no cover). Impacting statement, but true!
Bare soil leads toward death. Covered soil leads toward health. It’s that simple. Dust kills – Covered heals.
If you have trouble understanding this biological law, just try laying out flat on the ground, with no clothes on some warm day and see what happens to your skin. Your uncovered skin will start to burn immediately. Stay there all day with no sun protection and you will cook yourself into the hospital. This same principle applies to the land, your flower beds, vegetable gardens, croplands and even pasture lands.
Sun cooked soil becomes very hot, plus the ultraviolet light kills valuable microorganism that live in the soils. Their job is to build and grow new soils. The long-term effect of this affects all of us. The big picture is that our weather patterns can go completely nutso. Is this happening today? Yep, just turn on the news and you will see it, someone is always talking and showing news clips about extreme weather events.
I listen to these climate reports documenting catastrophic fires, floods, droughts, and intensifying hurricanes that are killing people. Most reports talk about global warming caused by industrial factories, carbon dioxide emissions, the burning of fossil fuels … carbon going up into the atmosphere. Seldom do I hear that these devastating events are being caused by poor land management. Farmers are making the land naked by plowing, tilling and severe overgrazing. Plus, the millions of African farmers burning their croplands sending valuable carbon the wrong way – up, instead of down into or leaving the carbon (plant matter) laying on top of the soils surface, where it is badly needed.
- Loss of WATER
- Loss of SOILS
- Loss of PROFITS
- Loss of HEALTH
- Loss of PRODUCTION
Even Leads to Civil Unrest & Wars
Try growing a crop on this naked farmland in Tanzania Africa. It will cost a pile of money using “Chemical Farming.” Sometimes 80% of the farmer’s gross income.
We have published a book Gardening for Life – No Money Required. For those interested in more information, watch our YouTube video. Just Google “Top 5 ways to grow food with no money”
The point of this article is; Please do your best to keep naked land covered. Our lives depend on you.