Getting ready to plant maize at Sol Feliz

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Finally we are getting the milpa going at Sol Feliz!  The first part of the process is to clear the field.  I use a brush-cutter or “weed eater” type of machine to do this quickly.  It can also be done with a ‘cutter bar’ attachment on my tiller.  Raking up the cut weeds is next.  Since they are green, they can be composted right away.

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After clearing the weeds it was time to move compost!  Much of the compost had to be sifted through a 1 inch screen to remove the large chunks of materials, mostly tree bark and sticks, from the finer compost.  In all, I sifted and moved 18 wheelbarrows full of compost to this patch of land.  As the wind picks up mid-morning, this work was completed by 10 AM and will have to be continued tomorrow…

 

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Miguel Santistevan is a researcher, educator, and advocate for traditional agriculture crops and systems.
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