Agroforestry

Maintaining a small native tree nursery provides tres for reforestation, food forests, shade applications, fenceposts, construction, wind breaks, and nitrogen fixing.

Maintaining a small native tree nursery provides trees for reforestation, food forests, shade applications, fenceposts, construction, wind breaks, and nitrogen fixing.

Agroforestry is the practice of integrating food production with trees.

Agroforestry duplicates what works in a natural forest ecosystem: interplanting food crops with nitrogen-fixing and fruit-producing trees maximizes food diversity and niche micro-climates.

This works especially well in our subtropical climate where food can be produced in different vertical realms; the understory, midstory, and canopy levels. Although agriculture is traditionally only conceptualized in the horizontal plane, “stacking” your agro-design duplicates what works in a natural forest system and produces a lot of delicous produce while strengthening the whole system´s resistance to fungus and insect pests.

In permaculture terms, a planned agroforestry system designed for food production and replicating a natural forest is called a Food Forest.

At Finca La Fé we implement agroforestry practices to maximize our organic coffee production. We also have an ever-expanding Food Forest.

organic, shade grown coffee

organic, shade grown coffeeCamila harvesting coffeeCamila harvesting coffee

Chirimoya, aguacate, and Chilwacán (3 fruiting trees) growing under the canopy of a nitrogen-fixing Guaba tree

Chirimoya, aguacate, and Chilwacán (3 fruiting trees) growing under the canopy of a nitrogen-fixing Guaba tree

Coffe growing under the shade of adying aguacate. The dying tree provides a trellis for the climbing Granadilla vine and additional shade for the Naranjilla in the foreground.

Coffee growing under the shade of a dying aguacate. The dying tree provides a trellis for the climbing Granadilla vine and additional shade for the Naranjilla in the foreground.

Mora (Blackberry) growing with Guaba

Mora (Blackberry) growing with Guaba

food forest

food forest

Stacking plants in different vertical niches

Stacking plants in different vertical niches

agroforestry

agroforestry

planting in three dimensions

planting in three dimensions

mimicking a natural forest system

mimicking a natural forest system

food forests for fabulous fruit production

food forests for fabulous fruit production

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