Fabio Klein

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Recent posts by Fabio Klein

Actually Brazil Nuts (which real name could be translated as "Pará Nut" - Pará being the name of a state in Br). Cannot be cultivated here where I live.

... Yes. Perenials!

Sometimes I wonder about the saying of Jesus that "the birds don't sow nor reap and yet nothing lacks them". Why is man tied to toil?

After all thats what permaculture is all about. A system that works alone. How man is destined to live is intrinsically conected to what he is destined to eat.
3 years ago
Hmm. Very interseting. Thanks for the hint about soaking! I actually don´t eat too much nuts but I´m planing to eat more and more when my trees start producing. I live in south of Brazil. Here we may cultivate pecans and almonds besides some native from Brazil (Baru? Castanha do maranhão) which are unfortunatelly not widely grown or even known by people. Thanks!
3 years ago
Hi. I´m working for some few years with organic agriculture and food forest. I wonder if a diet based on fruits, vegetables, roots, nuts and milk would be healthy. I harvest almost all my food. Some roots as sweet potato and manioc for example are highly yealding in small areas (carbohydrate sources) . In comparison, grain production (protein sources)  is much less intensive and a much larger area and toil are necessary to produce it. My actual intake of proteins is based on milk, beans and peanuts. I eat it every day for many years and am very healthy. My question is: could I stop eating peanuts and beans and eat only nuts as substitutes? A nut tree produces a lot, with no work at all, with no soil disturbance and cattle and chickens may live under it (and manure it). Thanks!
3 years ago
I´ll build the stable over a concrete floor which I already have. Maybe then I will just let the pee drain out through gravity or I could gather it if there was any utility. I will raise a cow for milk and then maybe I can raise two later (which is my desire). It´s 16 hectare land but only one clean - the rest subtropical forest. Thank you for you kindness.
3 years ago
I actually meant rearing not breeding (is it right now? sorry, not too good in english) What is the best way to compost manure? I ask about saving pee because I read somewhere it may be used to water the manure compost. The manure compost may receive sunlight, heavy rain, etc? or should be - what is it the word... shut? closed? May it be composted alone or is necessary to mix straw?  I have not enough pasture for two cows Thomas, but some chickens I do have, it will be fine, don´t worry I may ask you to hold the bucket (couldn´t help myself). I read about spreading a straw bed to keep the pee, but it should be cleaned at least twice a week which is too much work. Thanks!
3 years ago
Hello, I have no experience in cow breeding. I´d ask some help about a stable design. What is the best way to deal with manure? How can I save the night pee? Thank you!
3 years ago
Hi, im from Brasil. Bom Principio. Want to gather with people to buy tracts of land and live into the woods. Someone from Basil? I Have been farming for three years growing everything for three persons. Beauty for everyone!
4 years ago
It´s so easy and beautiful to add lot´s of straw or demi rotten logs on little garden beds, but when you gather some ten chicken poo (which need a great extent of land to grow corn and soy) to scatter over the land you can´t feel that your soil is beneffiting from this. And there is always a loss in this carrying process. I´ve been working as a farmer for a couple of years now and i´m trying toi apply Fukuoka´s grain method. Talking to my uncles who farmed in the same land for a lifetime about the fertility of the soil (which is naturally very rich) he said that it wouldn´t loose it´s power to grow an year after year succession of monocultures. He said it was due to the winter growing of some weeds (a sort of wild oat and radish that is endemic to this kind of soil as he says). The only loss was caused by rain erosion, sine it´s a mountain field. I´ve just recently acquired some white clover seeds (which is not very common here in Brazil). Let´s try. I wonder if i could let the chickens run over the clover covered field without making too much harm, what is not possible today owing to their powers of throwing the sod downhill constantly. It´s quite easy here to find heirloom seeds since farming here is still made in little family lands.
5 years ago
Hmm... Nice answers, thank you.
5 years ago
There is a question i´ve been wondering from long. About Fukuoka´s method (no till, crop residues, green manure). The soil becomes richer naturally. Is it true? But how? For example if, a corn plant needs 2 grams of X to grow and the harvest of the ear would take 1 gram of X out of the soil, than how could it become richer in X? Taking apart N and the legumes, what about other nutrients? The straw of the corn would only give back 1 gram of X. Even green manure would suck all nutrients it gives back to the soil (except N). Where does the surplus come from? Would it be from the minerals (rocks)?
5 years ago