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Mr. Phiri's farm is an inspiration

Author: Brad LancasterPublished: 2013-07-01
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Mr. Phiri's farm is an inspiration

Postby robert » Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:59 pm

Chapter 1 is my favorite, when we are introduced to a man named Zhephaniah Phiri Maseko who turned to homesteading when he was fired from his job for political activism in 1964. I appreciate the diagram of his farm/homestead, it gives me lots of ideas for how to manage water even in a small space.

The way he uses "fruition pits" reminds me of how Joel Salatin at polyface farm (mentioned in Omnivore's Dilemma) uses pigs to turn the 3 foot thick layer of cow droppings mixed with a little corn and lots of straw from the winter into rich soil. It seems like Mr. Piri's farm is a desert version of the Polyface Farm in VA.

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