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Jonathan Krohn
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Hi Steve,

I realize this is probably outside your area of expertise, but do you have any suggestions of how or what to farm in a mangrove swamp? Major features would be tropical climate, brackish water, and probably thick canopy cover. Some species of mangrove are edible themselves (check this article on mangrove uses, for example), but I am also interested in other plants or animals that can be added to such an ecosystem. Any input is welcome.

I currently live in Colorado, but I am planning to spend some time in the Philippines next year helping a couple from my church build a diversified farm. I will probably focus largely on the plant side of things, and they have a couple acres at the edge of mangrove swamp.

Thanks,
Jonathan
 
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Hi Jonathan:

Yes, you are correct in that this is outside my area of expertise. But Ken has some experience in such climates - I will see what he has to say and try to get back to you!

thanks
Steve
 
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That would be great - thank you!
 
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I recommend that you dont cut down any of the mangroves, and under heavy shade very little fruiting trees will flourish. If you could find some veggies that will tolerate the brackish water that you would be ok. But mostly a mangrove is a place to go and collect shellfish, fish, birds, etc for food.
 
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Tetragonia tetragonioides, or New Zealand Spinach grows very well here in QLD (subtropical) and it grows in the sand along the beach shore so VERY salt tolerant.
Self seeds once established too.
 
Jonathan Krohn
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Mat Smith wrote:Tetragonia tetragonioides, or New Zealand Spinach grows very well here in QLD (subtropical) and it grows in the sand along the beach shore so VERY salt tolerant.


Thanks! Will it grow in standing water? I don't know that I will have to deal with this, but I'm curious nonetheless. Is it shade tolerant?
 
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Jonathan, I have done some research for a project in the mangroves of West Africa. My files are unavailable, so I will have to do some remembering. In the meantime, I suggest you search for "saline agriculture" online. That ought to give you a few weeks of reading.

Do you have a description of your project area? Will you be working in virgin stands or will you be rehabilitating abandoned shrimp ponds? Try to contact the relevant research centers in the Philippines. There are some very capable people there that are doing great work.

Review the Mangrove Action Project's website.

If I can put some things together I will post them.

Folks living in the mangroves tend to rely on high-ground gardens and/or trade to supply themselves with a balanced diet. If your project population is restricted to the mangroves, look for articles about the Sunderbans. There has been a lot of work done to provide the inhabitants there with fruits, vegetables and staple starches.
 
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Jonathan Krohn wrote:
Mat Smith wrote:Tetragonia tetragonioides, or New Zealand Spinach grows very well here in QLD (subtropical) and it grows in the sand along the beach shore so VERY salt tolerant.


Thanks! Will it grow in standing water? I don't know that I will have to deal with this, but I'm curious nonetheless. Is it shade tolerant?


I'm not sure, I'd probably just google it myself, can't remember from memory, sorry.
 
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