The Upland Holistic Development Project has focused on growing and maintaining organic vegetables for a period of 16 years, including both local and wild vegetables. Everything grown can be cooked and eaten such as rattan bao, dang dao flowers, pakwan, jasmine, bamboo, and Chakan for generating income for the community as a means of economic and agricultural sustainability. We call this style of agriculture agroforestry or generally called forest farming.
Planting and Maintenance
Vegetables can be planted in any desired area whether in pots around the home area or in the garden. These native plants are drought tolerant and stay green all year; for even better conditions, plants grown in the river basin or valley near water will be even stronger.
Maintenance is not difficult or burdensome; watering is only necessary at the beginning to ensure the roots and initial stalk will be strong. After that, it will survive on its own. The important thing is that chemicals should not be used.
Benefits of Agroforestry
The benefits of agroforestry are numerous. Agroforestry plots can be used as family forest or a community forest and food grown there is kept fresh for long periods of time. Living costs are reduced by having access to fresh produce, the forest provides shade, and the agroforestry plot can be used as a learning and study center. Finally this kind of agriculture provides an ecotourism destination.