Every Day is Earth Day
Our 2021 field partners Fazenda Sertão, in the state of Rio de Janeiro have begun the restoration of an endangered species palm Euterpe edulis Martius within their established farm. Commonly known as juçara, jussara, açaí-do-sul or palmiteiro, it’s a palm tree native to the Atlantic Forest. Its fruits are highly appreciated in cooking and have high nutritional value. As it is a plant that grows in a more shaded area of the forest, it is being introduced in agroforestry systems that are already in place, which guarantees that they will be cared for together with the other species that are present in the planted areas.
As an established organic farm using syntropic agroforestry methods, and educating their local communities, we see great potential. Together, we are now creating a master plan to scale up their agroforestry plantings.
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