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Multi-Story Plots

Multi-Story PlotsSustainable Harvest International encourages biodiversity on participating farms and adopting cultivation methods that promote natural patterns.   Agroforestry systems and multi-story farms mimic a natural forests with an over-story of hardwood trees (i.e. mahogany, Spanish cedar, rosewood, etc), which provide shade for crops like coffee, cocoa, and ginger, all of which thrive in shade.  Below the upper canopy, farmers will generally incorporate mid-size species, including a variety of leguminous trees (Leucaena, earpod tree), and fruit & spice trees like all-spice, mangos, breadfruit and more.  The next level generally includes the more shade loving species like coffee and cocoa, followed by cover crops like yellow and white ginger.

Creating such a system not only guarantees diversity of animal species, but productive and multi-purpose land-use systems for farmers which can subsequently improve their income.  In agroforestry systems, families are able to diverse their “stock portfolio” of crops with timber, fruit and spices.

At present, SHI is working with farmers directly and training them on the benefits of multi-purpose land-use systems, and the beneficial impact it has for the ecosystem and their health.  Through such systems, farmers are able to restore their local environments, repair watersheds and riparian zones, and restore wildlife habitat and biodiversity.

Multi-Story Forest

• Image from The Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison

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Photos: Multi-Story Plots

Estebana Romero and Mercedes Alvarez showing off cacao trees in San Miguel, Kukra River, Nic. March 09
Estebana Romero and Mercedes Alvarez showing off cacao trees in San Miguel, Kukra River, Nic. March 09
Foto Productora Estabana Romero, en su parcela diversificada con cacao, platanos, frutales, hierbas medicinales, Com. San Miguel, Kukra River, Nic. Marzo 09
Foto Productora Estabana Romero, en su parcela diversificada con cacao, platanos, frutales, hierbas medicinales, Com. San Miguel, Kukra River, Nic. Marzo 09
Cacao
Cacao
Happy with Cacao 2
Happy with Cacao 2
Under cacao bells
Under cacao bells
Pods in a Sack
Pods in a Sack
Cacao Pods
Cacao Pods
Cacao Agroforest
Cacao Agroforest
Nice Sized Cacao Pod
Nice Sized Cacao Pod
Cacao Flower
Cacao Flower
101. SWG-Unity (Mar 09) - Jorge & cacao, Las Breňas - NICARAGUA
101. SWG-Unity (Mar 09) - Jorge & cacao, Las Breňas - NICARAGUA
young cacao pods growing at CTL
young cacao pods growing at CTL
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