Sunday, September 5, 2010
Burning Needs - Documentary I can't wait to see.
Burning Needs feature doc - new trailer from Adam Wakeling on Vimeo.
This documentary was projected to be completed earlier this year but seems to still be in production. I can't wait to see it. It deals with alley cropping, which is the idea of planting between rows of trees. The use of this type of agriculture helps prevent erosion and increase crop yields per acre. In some extremely clever uses of this system leguminous trees (trees that are in the bean family) are used for firewood and fertilizer. The trees grow rapidly allowing it to be cut down to a stump 4-5 times a year. The leaves are then used as a mulch that will slowly release nitrogen. The smaller branches are used as kindling with the thicker, stronger branches used as stakes for plants such as tomatoes. Lastly the thick trunks are used for firewood. Talk about sustainable!!
Here is the link to the Inga Foundation which is the parent site developing the film.