Plant With Purpose Phraseology:
Soil Conservation Barriers

Written by Plant With Purpose on May 27, 2014 in Phraseology

The flat farmlands that make up middle America are what many people envision when they think of growing crops. Nothing says farming like the green and gold of a John Deere tractor. However, many of the rural communities that partner with Plant With Purpose exist in elevations where the only land to farm is made of steep slopes. Not only does this mean farmers need sure footing for planting and cultivating hillsides, it also means that traditional farm equipment is not conducive (let alone affordable) for farming families to utilize.

In an effort to stop erosion, conserve topsoil, and cultivate the land available to these rural communities, Plant With Purpose trains farmers in establishing barriers—both living and nonliving—to build up soil quality.

Here are some steps for constructing these barriers:

1. Soil conservation barriers are constructed using an A-frame, which allows them to follow the contours of the hillsides. The A-frame acts as a level.


2. Rocks are piled.


3. Trenches are dug.


4. Pineapples, sugar cane, grasses, or nitrogen-fixing plants are planted.

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5. Trees may also be planted to further anchor the soil.


Meticulous attention is paid to the layout of these barriers and over time help to establish hillside farms. Close to 2,000 miles of soil conservation barriers have been established by partnering famers around the world meaning restored farms and brighter tomorrows.

What are you doing to restore soil where you live?

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