Category: erosion

Black Cotton Soils and the Vetiver System

I was faced with the problems of managing black cotton soils in the early 50s in Australia while working with the Soil Conservation Service. Overnight, a heavy storm had wiped out a large area of a farmers wheat crop and…

Morocco – Vetiver Systems Conference/Workshops

CONFERENCE SUMMARY Application of the Vetiver System for Environmental Protection: Prevention and Treatment of Contaminated Soil and Water. Rabat, Morocco, 14 November 2006 Criss Juliard. The Vetiver Network (International) [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]> The objective of the conference was to provide a general…

The Vetiver System – Summary

The Vetiver System The Vetiver System (VS) is dependent on the use of a very unique tropical plant, Vetiver grass – Vetiveria zizanioiodes. The grass can be grown over a very wide range of climatic and soil conditions, and if…

Vetiver Grass on Pacific Islands

Elsewhere on this Blog is a report on vetiver grass ultilzation in Fiji. On the left is a Google earth image taken in April 2006 of vetiver hedgerows planted 54 years ago in the Rakiraki area. You can see quite…

Pacific Islands – Hawaii

I was recently (February 2007) visiting Hawaii. Vetiver grass (sterile non-invasive Sunshine cultivar) has been approved by USDA for use on the Islands and has been tested successfully on some of the old Delmonte pineapple farms. Hawaii’s climate is similar…

Pacific Islands – Vanuatu

From Don Miller: This image (August 2006) are vetiver hedges and associated indigenous shrubs planted in Vanuatu in 2000, not long before before the erosion control project was closed down. The slope is approx 35 degrees and prior to vetiver…

Niue and Puka Puka Islands

I am glad you guys are starting to take an interest in the little ocean Islands; I have been pushing for more work in these areas for years now, here is an extract copy of a letter I wrote to…

Vetiver and the Pacific Islands – Fiji

From the Google Earth images, it is sad to see areas that were once protected by vetiver hedges in Fiji, now devoid of a lot of those hedges. It’s a case of familiarity breeding contempt. The young farmers and extension…