Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Planting Fruit Trees (2)

We stored the fruit tree seedlings at the house of the Ferrer family after the transport from the nursery in Batangas province. The seedlings were then carried with the help of a water buffalo to the farm site.
The video shows how we brought pomelo seedlings to Limuranin and planted them on our farm.
You can also watch how we planted banana and pineapple here.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Creek

After Typhoon Frank the rain increased and the tiny creek in the center of the terrain was not dried out anymore. We are now preparing the site for the vegetable plantation on both sides along the creek. The vegetables will grow in between some fruit trees.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Walk From San Josef To Limuranin

The walk starts at the house of the Ferrer family in Sitio San Josef where we deposit the fruit tree seedlings before planting. It ends at the top of our forest farm. The place is called Limuranin. From the top you have a good view over the mountain area in our neighborhood. These mountains were covered with a rainforest 30 years ago. Some areas are farmed now but with inappropriate techniques that exhaust the soil and cause more erosion.
You can find the exact location on google maps.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Fruit Trees Planting

The planting started in June 2008. On the photos you can see how Rodolfo Ferrer is transporting the seedlings from his house to the farm. So far banana, cashew, jackfruit, kalamansi and mango have been planted.
The planting process continues here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Farm Layout

We begin the development of the land on the lower part with fruits and vegetables. The video shows the contouring with the A-frame. The A-frame is a tool with a perpendicular to find the contour line along the slope.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Farm Plan Second Meeting

Our farm plan is the brain child of our consultant Gabby Mondragon. We rely on Gabby's expertise from reforestation projects within the last 20 years. The video shows excerpts of the planning and design process.
It tells about Gabby's background and gives insights into the ideas of the forest farm in regards to the complexity of reforestation issues.
The video was shot during our ride to the mountain and on the ground in Limuranin.
It closes with a shot of a cogon grass fire on our way back to Manila. This is one of the threats that we will be confronted with in our reforestation endeavor.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Fruit Trees Transport

We purchased the fruit tree seedlings from the Pioneer Green Plant Nursery in Balas, Talisay (Batangas Province) owned by Jocie and Aurelio Matienzo.
We chose a variety of fruit bearing trees - avocado, cacao, cashew, chico, coconut, dalandan, duhat, guava, guyabano, jackfruit, kalamansi, macopa, mango, pomelo, siniguelas and santol.
You can watch the planting of the fruit trees here.