We have come to realise that diversified farms are usually more economically and ecologically resilient. We grow a wide variety of crops to bring diversity to our farms. As well as growing high-value exotic crops we grow a significant amount of indigenous crops and various tree crops such as mango, pawpaw and avocado. At any particular point in time, we have at least 15 indigenous and exotic crop varieties growing on our farms.
Investing in our soil
Our experience has taught us that fertile soil is the foundation of sustainable agriculture. Our farming practices ensure our soil remains fertile and resilient to the impact of climate change. Our soil management practices include:
- Minimum tillage which helps to reduce erosion, compaction and soil run off.
- Use of leguminous cover crops all year round which helps to fix nitrogen in the soil and reduce erosion.
- Crop rotation which helps to prevent disease or pest build up on any part of our farm land.
- Regular addition of organic matter and manure to improve the soil tilth and diversity of soil microbial activity.
Over 90% of our crops are irrigated through drip systems. Studies have shown, that drip irrigation reduces water use by 30% to 70% and raises crop yield by 20% to 90%. We are also improving our water use efficiency by implementing proper irrigation scheduling according to the actual needs of the plants.