Field Management/Mulch Project

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2003: $5,232.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2005
Region: Western
State: Hawaii
Principal Investigator:


Not commodity specific


  • Education and Training: demonstration, farmer to farmer
  • Soil Management: soil analysis, nutrient mineralization, organic matter, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    In tropical regions, huge volumes of biomass are generated year round. Mowing this biomass can be expensive and time consuming, but chopping and collecting the product with a crop chopper and using it as mulch increases its potential as a multi-use resource. Fernand Severi, who operates a diverse biodynamic farming operation on 16 acres of northeast Kauai, will use his Western SARE organic grant to evaluate the health of two fields and a garden plot using harvested biomass as mulch, cover crops and a biodynamic treatment. He plans to measure the soil fertility, crop productivity and general health under each treatment. Successful chopping and use of the biomass will preclude treatment with Roundup, a common method of dealing with biomass in tropical regions.

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