Regenerative agriculture is a long-term, holistic design that attempts to grow as much food using as few resources as possible in a way that revitalizes the soil rather than depleting it, while offering a solution to carbon sequestration. The mantra is the slogan: “Healthy Soil = Healthy Food = Healthy People.”
Many of the practices associated with regenerative farming are management practices associated with organic agriculture to build soil health, promote nutrient retention, and encourage pest and disease resistance. However, regenerative farmers have zero-tolerance for synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, and other inputs that disrupt soil life.
FOOD FOREST AND EDIBLE LANDSCAPING:
Cultivating healthy food is noble, we do it through cultivating healthy people and soil. Medicinal food is the center of our community. Our food forest starts at the fresh water spring nearest the community center and continues for miles. Our forest gardens and landscaping produce tons of food. We have terrace gardens and swales to catch water and send it into the ground, building our aquifer. We believe the forest is the best garden. It is its own ecosystem, never needing outside fertilizer, watering, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc.
We promote a healthy living soil. Our soil is an ecosystem in itself. We produce over 5,000 kilos of mangoes each year. There are hundreds of mature fruit-producing trees and over a hundred and thirty varieties. Each property is planted with an edible landscaping full of pineapples, bananas, plantains, oranges, limes, lemons, papaya, turmeric, ginger, teas, edible flowers, katuk, chaya, saragundi, yuca (potato), moringa, okinawan spinach, and much more. Scroll down for the big list!
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Regenerative agriculture practices for healthy food and environment:
We start with building a healthy living soil through a fermented additive called bokshi. Bokhsi is
filled with Myceilum that helps break down organic material to be used by plants and also
helps plants withstand drought by accessing up to 2000 times more water by adding hairlike
fibers connecting roots to water in rocks and other hard to reach places. The healthy living soil
and effective micro organisms also cleans orders and kills bad bacterias and viruses. You can
stand in the Permacuture Country Club coral 40 minutes after it was used to collect animal
manure and urine, and it will smell fresh and clean do to the microbial activity. This magical
fungus can connect the plants to allow them to share nutrients, water, and communicate. Paul
Stamets named the “use of fungi to degrade or remove toxins from the environment”
Mycoremediation. Our hero, Staments states that fungi can be used to clean up
polychlorobiphenols (PCBs), fertilizers, munitions, dyes, estrogen-based pharmaceuticals,
neurotoxins — including DDT — dioxins, mercury, and stored nerve gas.
By using no till agriculture and cover crops we help the soil thrive by not baking the effective
mico-organanism life in the sun.
Our use of contour swales store rain water into the ground and aquifer instead of letting it run
down to the creek and nearby ocean.
Eliminating the need for synthetic chemicals saves more than just money. It could save the
earth. Farmland all over the world and water is becoming polluted by agriculture to the point it
cannot be used for food or even habitated by humans. By making our own natural fertilizers,
pesticides, fungicides, we ensure the highest quality natural products and protect the
waterways, aquifer, and ocean from toxic chemicals in the watershed.
We shade water with rare hardwoods to give shade and seeds for tree that are in extreme
danger of extinction.
We have a living seed bank of over 500 different types of plants because plants and humans
thrive best with diversity.
The cattle in our holistic care don’t need water that would be used for human consumption.
The animals here have spring water and water from rain water collection systems. We grow
superfoods and medicine for ourselves and the treatment of our beloved animals. The
medications we use for holistic care are grown onsite. We use strong bitter herbs like Hombre
Grande, Neem, Garlic, Saragundi, Papaya seeds, and other bitters to keep insects off our
animals and to deworm them. We practice rotational grazing to improve the health of our
animals and soil.
We use hugelculture to create healthy soil and upicycle rotten untreated wood.
Our living healthy soil and regenerative systems improve:
zero waste practices,
upcycling, recycling, agroforestry/food forestry, making natural fertilizers on sire
Our swales on contour
Over 500 Plant Varieties and Counting:
Achachairu, aka Honey Kiss fruit / Orange mangosteen
African Milk Plant (Euphorbia trigona)
Albizia julibrissin, the Persian silk tree.
Anisillo (aka Piper auritum, Piperaceae)
Avocados puerto rico
Bálsamo Myroxylon balsamun (critically endangered)
Bamboo, Budda’s Belly
Bananas, Lady Finger
Bananas, Praying Hands
Bele tree spinach
Bird of Paradise (used to filter grey water and add beauty)
Biriba (Rollins mucosa)
Black Java bamboo (for erosion control and building material)
Black Sapote, the chocolate pudding fruit
Blackberry Jam fruit
Blue bush (Justica tinctoria)
Blue Sky vine (thunbergia)
Brami (bacopa monnier), aka Water Hyssop or Herb of Grace.
Brazilian Red Pepper
Brugmansia / Angel’s Trumpet (used as insecticide)
Breadfruit (multiple varieties)
Bush Beans, aka French beans
Bursera simaruba, aka Naked Indian or Gumbo Limbo.
Butterfly Pea (Clitore turnatea)
Cabbage (including Wong bok wong nga and napa)
Canna Plant (used to filter water and add beauty to the landscape)
Canastaña (bread nut)
Carao (Cassia grandis)
Cas, Brazilian (can be made into a delicious drink)
Cashew, Jumbo Red
Cashew, Jumbo Yellow
Castor Bean Plant (Ricinus communis)
Cedro amargo / Cedrela odorat (species listed as vulnerable)
Charcruna Psychotria viridis
Chaya (aka tree spinach)
Cheilocostus speciosus (aka Spiral Ginger)
Cherimoya (Annona cherimola)
Chocolate Pudding fruit
Citronella / Cymbopogon
Coconuts, Verde Pipas
Cotton, Gossypium herbaceum
Cola de Caballo
Corteza Amarillo / Tabebuia ochracea
Corteza Morado (Tabebuia rosea; near extinct fusha tree)
Cow peas / Black-eyed Peas
Cristóbal (Platymiscium pinnatum) critically endangered rare hardwood
Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)
Dragon Fruit, Red
Dragon Fruit, White
Dragon Fruit Yellow
Desert Rose (Adenium)
Ficus citrifolia an enormous tree that grows up to 30 meters. Locally called Higeron, aka wild banyantree, it is considered a tropical keystone species. Figs are a major component of the diets of more species of animals than any other tropical perennial fruit. Since F. citrifolia fruits year round, many primates, birds and other species feed exclusively on figs during seasons when other fruit is scarce. Additionally, the knobby, hollow, lattice-like trunk of this tree provides a home for thousands of invertebrates, rodents, bats, birds, and reptiles.
Guanabana (Annona muricata) aka Soursop
Guanabana, Yellow Mountain
Gavilana (Neurolaena lobata) aka Jackass Bitters
Ginger, White (Hedychium Coronanium)
Golden Chain Tree (Laburnum anagyroides)
Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula)
Gotas de Oro
Grumichama (a Brazilian cherry)
Grarumo (Cecropia peltata) a pioneer plant.
Lorito Fruit (Cojoba arborea)
Ice Cream Bean
Ixora (erosion control plant)
Kapok Tree (Ceiba pentandra) draws water up from the ground.
Kong (water spinach)
Lanna (water filtration flower)
Lemon Drop Mangosteen
Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora)
Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus)
Mango, Verde Sweet
Mangosteen, Purple (the “queen of fruits”)
Manzanas de Aqua (Water Apples)
Mamoncillo (Melicoccus bijugatus)
Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia)
Miracle Fruit (makes sour taste sweet!)
Moringa (Moringa oleifera)
Morning Glory (Ipomoea mauritiana)
Mushrooms (multiple varieties)
Oleander tree, Yellow (Thevetia peruviana)
Papayas (multiple varieties)
Passion Fruit, Madacuar
Phyllanthus niruri / Chanka Piedra
Pink Shower Tree
Prickly Pear (Opuntia) edible cactus, aka Tuna
Ronrón (Astronium graveolens) red hardwood
Rosa de Jamaica
Seashore Mangosteen (Garcinia hombroniana), rare red mangosteen fruit
Souroubea Gilgii (aka Sin Suesto)
Spiral Ginger (Cheilocostus speciosus)
Starfruit (aka carambola)
Tabacón (Anthurium salvinii)
Tiger Orchid (Grammatophyllum speciosum) aka queen of the orchids
Tomatoes, multiple varieties
Tulsi / Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum)
Tumbergia grandiflora (purple shade vine)
Vinca (Catharanthus roseus) aka Perrywinkle
Wandering Jew (now purple heart) / Tradescantia pallida
White Palm (Brahea armata)
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) in Chanel No. 5