Agroforestry

Notice how much more ground is visible in the bottom picture than the top. The large green

bushlike plants are the invasive kudzu we have begun to eliminate.

 

 Many plants in the agroforestal system, like this coffee, have begun to produce fruit which we recollect.

 

This month we focused more on our agroforestal system, since plant growth increases during the rainy season. The volunteers helped us eliminate kudzu, an invasive plant species that was taking both sun and nutrients away from our other plants. We combed through every square-inch of the garden and took an inventory of all our plants. This enabled us to create an agroforestal plot now made available for future use. Now that we knew how much extra space we had in the garden, we were able to collect and plant other useful fruits such as pineapple, star fruit, mango, sugarcane, and several palm tree fruits. The volunteers played a significant role in the addition of over 100 new plants!

We went around Lake 1 to gather orchids and bromeliads to bring them back to Panthera and plant them behind the swamp. Both orchids and bromeliads are epiphyte plants, meaning they can grow and live on other plants. While most orchids lack smell, we have managed to find 2 different species whose flowers omit a beautiful, sweet smelling fragrance. Found in areas near the orchids, bromeliads are capable of supporting their own aquatic ecosystem. Small creatures including frogs, crabs, and salamanders reside in these plants because it provides them with a permanent water source especially during the jungle’s dry period. Our goal in planting orchids and bromeliads behind the swamp is to expand both plant an animal diversity within Panthera’s land. The more biodiversity within Panthera, the more protected they will be from negative human impact from tree logging, goldmining, and hunting.


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