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Sam Schlesinger can't tell beet seedlings from spinach. But he knows that after only a week on Rogue River's Runnymede Farm, he may never return to New York City.
"I just got so sick of urban living," says the 21-year-old philosophy student from New York University. "Everybody here seems to need a lot less."
Originally posted by mytheroy
reply to post by petrus4
That's a good way to introduce people back to being self sustainable and have our gardens, my garden was vandalized by the maintenance lawnmower, and now they are regenerating so I'm going to transplant all my maters and Jalapenos which will produce twice the amount, inside total control and year round savings,
Yet, if you are visiting Japan and stay at Japanese families' home, you can't behave as you want or do how you do in your countries. As proverb tells us, when you are in Rome, you must do as Romans do. I see very bad manners out of some non-Japanese wwoofers. This does NOT happen among Japanese wwoofers. To our farm, including WWOOF Japan site, about 350-400 volunteers visit in a year. Out of them, I see 95%-98% Japanese do all well. Yet, some non-Japanese wwoofers cause troubles or frictions in their works, behaviors or manners because of their lack of sense that Japanese should have in common. You should know that you must behave as local Japanese as long as you stay here as wwoofers or volunteers. I hear some complaints out of non-Japanese wwoofers once in a while but I never hear that kind out of Japanese, for example. Once again, you should try to learn Japanese culture, I mean Japanese way of living and behave just like local people while you are staying with them at their home. If you complain any while you are staying at local people's home, that can be very rude in our culture. Imagine, do Japanese demand, talk back or complain any if they go to your countries and stay with local people? You should know that you are NOT ordinary travellers or guests. The following websites might help you to learn how Japanese society is and how Japanese are. blogs.telegraph.co.uk... kristof.blogs.nytimes.com...
When invaded by Europeans the Maoris assumed they would become extinct. European rats annihilated the Maori rat, an animal that was a food staple for the natives. The Maori fly might have help ward off the incursion of sheep that quickly destroyed the local flora, but invading European houseflies wiped out the local flies. Clover took over where ferns had been, and the Maori waited for their own extinction. The Maori population hit bottom in 1890 but then began a mysterious recovery and 280,000 people claim to be Maori by 1981 (266-268).
Dr. Kawaguchi, of the National Department of Agriculture and Commerce, taking his data from their records, informed us that the human manure saved and applied to the fields of Japan in 1908 amounted to 23,850,295 tons, which is an average of 1.75 tons per acre of their 21,321 square miles of cultivated land in their four main islands. On the basis of the data of Wolff, Kellner and Carpenter, or of Hall, the people of the United States and of Europe are pouring into the sea, lakes or rivers and into the underground waters from 5,794,300 to 12,000,000 pounds of nitrogen; 1,881,900 to 4,151,000 pounds of potassium, and 777,200 to 3,057,600 pounds of phosphorus per million of adult population annually, and this waste we esteem one of the great achievements of our civilization.
Urine is a high quality fertilizer with low levels of heavy metals. Regarding hormones and pharmaceuticals excreted with urine, the risk of negative effects to plants or human beings is low if urine is spread on agricultural land at levels corresponding to the plants
needs. Figure 2: The annual amount of nutrients in excreta from one family in Niger is equal to nutrients in the two bags of fertilizers. Photo: Linus Dagerskog, CREPA/SEI agricultural land
Human faeces and to a small extent urine contain trace metals. The amounts of harmful heavy metals in urine are miniscule and much lower than wastewater sludge or even farmyard manure (WHO, 2006).
Essentially all the heavy metals in the excreta from a normal population come from the food ingested and a large proportion of these metals will have been removed from the fields with the crop. Thus, it is possible to recycle excreta fertilizers, provided that they have not been polluted when handled, without threatening the sustainability of the agricultural soil (Jönsson et al., 2004).