Haiti Reconstruction

Rebuilding Haiti must start from the ground up, with agricultural education

Vetiver Grass for Erosion Control: Step 1

The best plant known and used around the world to stop erosion is called Vetiver.

It not only holds soil on mountainsides but it creates it own terraces by collecting leaves, debris and eroded soil from above it!

With out vetiver it is impossible to hold compost on these mountainsides and there is no reason to teach them the value of composting.

Like a baby we can't take a 2nd or 3rd step without taking this 1st step!

Step 1) Stop Erosion; using vetiver the hedge that stops erosion.It will make it's own compost and builds it's own terrace. Bamboo can also be used in steep gullies but when land levels vetiver should be planted to hole back remaining silt.
Benefits:
  • Holds moisture on the hillsides
  • Holds nutrients in the humus from running off your land
  • Water will sink into ground to replenish the wells
  • Vetiver also saves river beds with it's 3 meter roots

(Vetiveria Zizanoides) click here

 

Vetiver Grass: A Thin Green Line Against Erosion can be read at:

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=2077#toc

or

http://www.cd3wd.com/cd3wd_40/cd3wd/SOILWATR/B10VEE/EN/B1708.HTM without the photos

One of the earliest vetiver books: Vetiver Grass: A Method of Vegetative Soil and Moisture Conservation can be downloaded from:

http://www.cd3wd.com/cd3wd_40/JF/JF_OTHER/BIG/05-283%20-%20Vetiver%20Grass.pdf

Comment by Olivia Jeanne on January 20, 2011 at 7:15pm
great pictures!

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