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Found a box of old slides from Indonesia. This one shows Elysa taking some measurements on a drainage canal, or "parit", being dug through one of the peat swamps outside of Pontianak (see String of Pearls and Peat Farmer).  These site will ultimately be turned into species-rich agro-forestry systems dominated by fruit trees like langsat (Lansium domesticum Corréa) and durian (Durio zibethinus Van Nooten). It all starts by digging a canal and draining the water out of the peat so that it subsides - and can be burned. [NOTE: The last two posts have had some truly great hats in them...]

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Wow. This brings back the sense of amazement i felt in learning how people turned this deep peat into agroforest. Thanks for posting this. Xoxo

August 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElysa

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