What healthy agriculture looks like
For too long agriculture seemed to be antithetical to nature. But this is far from necessary. When done right agriculture can be in balance with, and even beneficial to, the natural environment. With old ideas and new techniques we can turn even the most baren landscapes into lush and productive places.
From monoculture to permaculture
The example here on the left is a centuries old food forest from Morocco with beans growing harmoniously under olive shrubs and banana trees.
This combination of plants traps water and turns desert into a lush and humid environ.
From the Atlas Obscura website:
“The dirt road to the Valley climbed through a barren, arid landscape into rural hills studded with mud brick homes. Twenty kilometers in, the group stopped at the tiny village of Inraren for directions. Lawton went to relieve himself in a roadside wood.
“I remember thinking it was odd that this lush, green forest should be bursting from the desert,” he says.
Stepping inside, things got stranger. The air felt cool, almost misty. Growing in the shade of tall date palms were trees, vines, and shrubs bearing bananas, tamarinds, oranges, figs, guavas, pomegranates, lemons, limes, mulberries, carobs, quince, grapes, and other fruits and nuts. Following a footpath through the grassy understory past groves of olive and argan trees, Lawton discovered a cluster of fenced-in vegetable and herb gardens—most about a quarter-acre in size. Here and there, goats were tethered to posts. Chickens clucked through the underbrush and roosted in trees. Gazing down a leafy corridor, he spotted a man leading a donkey. Its saddlebags brimmed with produce.”
This is what a food forest can do in even the most arid and inhospitable environments.
How we help: Plug and play permaculture
We offer unique plug and play permaculture systems, designed specifically for the needs of the (local) markets and to the benefits of the surrounding and wider ecosystem.
Our designs are such in nature that we secure value for the share and stakeholders in both the short and the long term.
The economic benefits of our approach
- Increased profits
- Higher quality produce
- More valuable
- Eligible for subsidies in major countries