Fiction University: Slash and Burn: Cutting Words From Your Novel http://blog.janicehardy.com/2009/05/slash-and-burn.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+janicehardy%2FPUtE+%28Fiction+University%29
The Mayans practiced 'slash and burn' agriculture. They cut down an area of forest and burned the trees. They Mayans sowed lots crops in May and harvested them in November. However after a few years the soil would lose all its fertility. The farmers would then 'slash and burn' another part of the forest. Meanwhile the abandoned area would become overgrown again.
Slash and burn agriculture—also known as swidden or shifting agriculture—is a traditional method of tending domesticated crops that involves the rotation of several plots of land in a planting cycle. Is it really as bad as they say?