In working in Tamilnadu, India I discovered a tree I want to share. It is the Moringa tree. It is a pioneer tree, nitrogen fixing. It has amazing medicinal values. It is used in Africa to cure aids. It has a vegetable which is a pod which is highly nutritious, like a bean pod, .18 inches long Moringa leaves can be turned into a powder for a super food.
Even better is what it does for the soil and the water table. See this web site
for stories of how they have transformed people’s lives and soils by providing a livelihood with moringa trees. It is semi tropical so grows only in southern Arizona, Florida, California and Texas in the U.S. Certainly much of these areas are desert, as well as many other areas of the world (90% of the surface of the earth is undergoing desertification).
We are using moringa and 7 other trees, open pollinated seeds, medicinal herbs and earthworks, for a restorative agroforestry project. Our farmers are primarily subsistence farmers and to save their livelihoods and ultimate their lives by being able to farm where they could no longer farm because of decreasing water tables. A major strong point of our program is that it returns sovereignty to the farmers themselves as well as gets the water table replenished without huge outside monies required.
See our web site for more about our program of restorative agroforestry. www.handsonpermaculture.org
Inquiry – Moringa in Permaculture Can you direct me to any resource showing moringa integrated into a multi-layer permaculture system?
We have around 20 moringa trees growing around our present home. Although I've also been growing other food plants around the trees, if someone has already determined a viable permaculture guild incorporating the moringa, I'd like to avoid "re-inventing the wheel".
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