Here in Galicia (and Portugal too), conversations about the eucalyptus can get pretty heated. It can be quite hard to have a conversation about anything ecological without someone pulling the topic towards eucalyptus. Like most other things in this world, people here are pretty polarized on the topic. With most everyone split into one ofContinue reading “Eucalyptus: Feel Free to Plant a Few”
For a bit of context for what we mean by an ice cream forest, you can check out our last post on the ice cream forest we’ve been managing at the Silverto project. 1. Beautiful Management We believe that productive forests should form part of their ecosystem, they should and function like nature, and thatContinue reading “The 10 Goals of our “Ice Cream Forest””
A few years back, we were having dinner with our friend Rui, and we were talking about the problem of wildfires in Portugal. Every year thousands or millions of hectares go up in flames in a country that only has 8 million hectares. And though that’s terrifying enough in theory, the reality looks like Rui’sContinue reading “The “Ice-Cream Forest””
The question everyone who works with forests in Portugal has the unfortunate duty to ask is ‘How will this land burn?’ Not because everything will burn, but because predicting wildfire is imprecise, to say the least, and anything can burn. Just to get a sense of how dire the situation is, in a recent assessmentContinue reading “A Fire-Adapted Forest”
In our last post we took a general look at Regenerative Agroforestry. We looked a bit at the philosophy of it, and the basics of why it might be necessary, but didn’t give a good sense of how it’s used practically. So, if you’d like to give that post a read before reading today’s post,Continue reading “Regenerative Agroforestry: (A few) Basic Challenges and Solutions”
Imagine a single technology capable of feeding people and wildlife at the same time. Whose work removes carbon from the air, and whose residue builds houses (and heats them.) Now, imagine that this same technology was able to clean the air, water and soil, keep us healthy, create rain, and play a key role inContinue reading “Regenerative Agroforestry”
What if we were able to grow ecosystem’s that feed us, while giving nature equal say in their design? That’s the question we took up; as we sought to design a forest that produces everything a family could need to eat in the real amount of time they would have to care for it.