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Part of our agroforestry program is converting these areas into managed and productive forests. To that effect we have been planting hard woods, medicinal trees and plants and high value fruit and super food crops such as cacao and noni.
Luis had accomplished a wealth of planting before our involvement so we are already enjoying the benefits of his hard work. Many trees that he planted are already bearing fruit; avocado, bread fruit, pineapple, cashew, sacha inchi, lemon. We now have an active and expanding agroforstrey program building on Luis' foundations. Cacao (as in chocolate) has become a particularly successful crop and we now have over 900 trees in various stages of development, with our early year plantings already bearing fruit.
FUNDO REYNA DE LA SELVA
A BLOSSOMING PERMACULTURE HAVEN
We bought Fundo Reyna de la Selva in November 2007 from Luis Dias aka Hermano. He was experiencing severe financial difficulties and finding it hard to make his small holding a viable venture. We paid him a lump sum for the land and worked out a monthly care taking plan so he could continue to live there and develop his vision on the land. The 'farm' is a 200 acre plot of primary rainforest. Luis had developed some of the land for dwellings, outbuildings,a kitchen and crop and animal cultivation- in total around 10% has been cleared. Being in alto amazons (high amazon - 500m above sea level) some areas have been affected over the years with the annual dry season forest fires and droughts.