Hello all, Not sure this is the right section but this seems to have the most readers and the south America section hasn't seen a post/reply in quite a while so I'll give it a go here :
I am currently in Peru and am considering creating a forest garden here. Most of the resources I have seen seem to refer to forest gardening in temperate climates . Can anyone direct me to any resources/books/forest gardens that would be informative on creating a forest garden in a tropical climate (south american even better) . Ie companion plnating int he tropics, plants that attract beneficial/repel destructive insects, nitrogen fixing etc etc Does anyone know of any projects in the amazon along these lines ? thanks, Gus
isnt the amazon already a forest garden. tons and tons of useful plants.
The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings. - Masanobu Fukuoka
posted 9 years ago
hubert cumberdale wrote: isnt the amazon already a forest garden. tons and tons of useful plants.
Yes they have been forest gardening for thousands of years - in fact some view the whole amazon as a kind of forest garden . However to get to virgin rainforest is not that easy - if you can get there by boat or river generally its already pretty much peeled, secondry/tercery growth with minimal biodiversity (unless you are on an expensive tour - usually in the region of $2000 for seven days ! ) . On top of this a lot of knowledge has been lost and it is not that easy to make contact with Amazon tribes that have't been pretty much assimilated into western culture or who don't use slash and burn agriculture (the norm where I live). I will be learning as much as I can from the Ashaninka/campa indigenous groups int the area where I am travelling over the next month - however in this topic I am hoping to find online resources / books and information on ongoing projects in the amazon I might not otherwise have heard of in addition to what I learn here on the ground.