The Beginning

We started our adventure end of March 2014 after completing Geoff Lawton‘s online PDC course the year before. Armed with lots of theory and next to no practical knowledge we bought a suitable farm near the top of a watershed with a gigantic view over the valley in front of it.

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Although the view was a reason to buy it, we mainly looked at access and water catchment options, which were quite all right compared to other farms we looked at. The middle of the farm was split in two areas, one overgrown with weeds, which we could properly check out.

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The second part was more difficult to get an idea of, it was overgrown with little trees shooting up high in their battle for light.

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In some parts it was near impossible to get through it.

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At least the house was reachable through a fairly decent (although steep) driveway.

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On the property more than 100 mango trees, most of the ‘comun’ (regular) variety. Some Farchil, some Tommy (red) mango trees which have a better value. A lot of mangoes are way too close to each other, nice as a forest, but clearly lacking in productive capacity.

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There was one small pond, without overflow (excess water would flow over the dam wall) fed by road runoff. The location of the little dam was good though, right on the key point, above the semi flat area which is most suitable for production.

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A good resource available already was bamboo, the big ‘Guadua’ variety, on 4 separate places on the property. In Colombia they have a strange law that forbids the sale of bamboo, but it does allow for use of it on your own property. That is also what we intent to do, because it is a great building material which grows incredibly fast.

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The adventure had started. Please join us on this blog where we will keep track of our progress in the coming years!

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