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Inhaltsangabe: Roland Ulrich's Creating Humus on the Farm: the Controlled Heat Method of Composting, published by Outskirts Press, is thorough, technical, and a complete resource for any individual, particularly farmers, interested in how our suffering soils can be replenished and invigorated step by step in an efficient and effective manner. Control is the operative word in the Controlled Heat method of composting: Regular monitoring of the supporting elements -- warmth, water, light and air -- is most important in this time-saving process of converting organic material into humus. Regulation during every phase of this process leads to the surest, most consistent way to nurture the bacterial life that will transform dead organic substance into life-supporting humus for the earth.
Following each step of the Controlled Heat method of composting to create humus increases our awareness of this magical transformation process; it inspires enthusiasm and re-enliven determination to develop, individually and in community, our knowledge and abilities to restore life supporting humus. This age-old method, modified especially for the modern organic/biodynamic farmer, focusing primarily on farming operations with animals or access to manure, is described in this book. "Humus is more than an ingredient helping to provide our everyday food. Rather, it is a complex interaction between man, animal, plant, and mineral, a true effect of interaction of the whole world's living forces."
Roland Ulrich's extensive knowledge and practice has resulted in modifying the controlled heat method of transforming compost for large-scale barnyard use. Although he makes no claim to the superiority of this method compared with other composting methods, the product speaks for itself in the resulting quality and quantity of foodstuff produced; it is a fast and efficient method, thus serving as a great aid to good farm management.
"Beginning with my educational studies in forestry and forestry economics, I was confronted by the serious problem of the dying forests in Europe. One of the most outstanding facts was the loss of humus, the living element of the soil. Water, soil, and air are the very pillars of life! A United Nation's report in 1947 stated that more than sixty percent of the world's humus had already been destroyed. The destruction of humus in the last hundred years has assumed shocking proportions and it will continue unless we stop it. The earth's food production is thereby greatly endangered: The increasing desertification of the continents results in hunger, poverty, and destruction of the land. The increasing loss of humus creates continuous erosion, water shortage, water pollution and land loss.
These facts moved me to familiarize myself more intensely with the themes of water and soil. The impulse to learn biodynamic agriculture, beginning in 1982, stemmed from my familiarity with anthroposophy. In 1993 came the decision to work for the German Development Service and the German Technical Corporation in the developing countries of Africa. I was responsible for implementing methods of soil and water conservation to grow crops to feed the people.
Along the way I taught myself Dr. Ehrenfried Pfeiffer's laboratory science of chromatography, our indispensable aid in determining soil quality. Chromatography is a holistic method that complements the quantitative methods of soil analysis. With a few pieces of equipment, chromatography makes possible correct decisions to improve soil fertility, thus maintaining the cultivation and preservation of humus.
"Humus and Humanity spring from the same Indo-Germanic root word. The loss of humus means the loss of humanity. Erosion in nature brings with it social erosion in human society. We must grasp anew the lofty significance of humus in order to renew the earth's vitality; we must make every effort in this direction. Dr. Ehrenfried Pfeiffer perfected chromatography for many substances, particularly soil types and stages of composting, thus making it possible for us to recognize - in picture form - the invisible spiritual side of the world. Holistic knowledge of the world is at the same time holistic knowledge of ourselves. We must hold onto picture-forming methods in order, as Goethe declares, "to see what holds the world together in its inner nature."
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