My friend Charity finally got me reading Wendell Berry. I've been meaning to read him for a very long time.
In The Gift of Good Land, he talks about the mountain farming of Peru. Erosion is a serious issue to consider.
Says Berry, "I had begun to be impressed with the way erosion control is built into the patterns of this farming, as one of the dominant themes. I started a list of the various means... smallness of scale, terracing, fallowing, proper timing, polyculture, downhill rows to let water out quickly, weeding after crops are established...the return of organic wastes to the soil."
As I read this, I was fascinated by the ingenuity of the peasants. I was fascinated, too, by their intimate knowledge of their own conditions, which fostered appropriate solutions.
Then, I thought, ...Do I do this in my life, in my heart and relationships and ways of living? Do I have a good sense of how to exercise erosion control? Or is everything just pouring down the mountainside...
Photo by L.L. Barkat. (Nope, this is not the same pic as on my Green Inventions Central blog.)