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Black Vetiver – Chrysopogon nigritanus

More on Chrysopogon nigritanus.  I have continued investigations into this species of vetiver – common name ”Black vetiver”. It is found in nearly all sub-saharan African countries generally in association with river flood plain and seasonally flooded areas. For example the peripheral  areas…

THE VETIVER LATRINE

THE VETIVER LATRINE from Roger Gietzen (see: http://www.healthy-mind-body.com/humanitarian/vetiver_latrine.html for details of vetiver latrine design and its construction) “It’s now been three years since I started installing vetiver latrines in Haiti.  For all those who helped me with that project, I want to…

SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON VETIVER – ICV7 and VETIVER AWARDS

SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON VETIVER – ICV7 – Chiang Mai, Thailand, October 26-29 2020: UPDATE: SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT — go to this LINK The King of Thailand Vetiver Awards. These prestigious awards relating to the Vetiver System have been awarded, since 1996, every four of five…

The Role of Hedgerows in Agriculture

Woody hedgerows have played a vital role in English agriculture for centuries. Originally planted to primarily demarcate land holdings and to contain livestock movement  and side benefits not fully understood until recently following studies undertaken as a result of alarm…

Vetiver Grass Technology – some random observations

Without soil and water there will be no photosynthesis and no life on this planet. Both are becoming degraded and in short supply globally — Vetiver Grass Technology (VGT) can improve both and deserves government focus and support.” agriculture, climate change, erosion, forage, plant, slope…

ICV7 Postponed

TVNI has been informed by the Chaipattana Foundation ­– the ICV7 organizer and host in Thailand — that due to the COVID-19 pandemic ICV-7 will be postponed until 2021. The specific dates are, as yet, under consideration. They will be…

Haiti — Vetiver Latrine update by Roger Gietzen

In 2016 while doing community development work in a rural farming region in Haiti, I became aware of the serious sanitation problem.  Open defecation is the norm and diseases such as Cholera are active.  The locals suggested building a single community latrine…

Sharing Vetiver Projects on iNaturalist — NEW PROJECT

Goals of The Vetiver Network International (TVNI) include creating a worldwide community of vetiver enthusiasts, raising awareness about the many benefits, and tracking vetiver projects. Our facebook group has become a wonderful resource for many of you and we are proud of…