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Perrenial Abundance

Heart of Palms Eco-Farm 

What if a farm looked like the garden of Eden? Heart of Palms Eco-Farm produces fruits, tubers, greens, herbs, and vegetables in the least intensive way possible. The farm has been designed using principles from regenerative agriculture, permaculture and agroforestry. We prioritize soil biology, use berm and basin technique, polyculture, plant  multi-strata, green manure, cover crops,  promote native ecology, and use efficient work strategies.

Perennial Crop List:

Rollinia Deliciosa

Loquat 

Mulberry

Purple Sweet Potato 

Passionfruit

Ice Cream Bean

Jackfruit

Okinawan Spinach

Cranberry Hibiscus

Katuk

Peppers

Eggplants

Bananas

Dwarf Nam Wah 

Tall Nam Wah

Double Musa Mahoi 

Blue Java      

 Mangos

Bailey's Marvel

Glen

Malika

Valencia Pride 

Papayas

Strawberry Papaya

Red Lady Papaya 

Improved Solo Papaya

A Farm Among the Trees

We designed and built our farm without cutting trees down. The beautiful oaks, pines, and Sabal palms create habitat for the animals and insects that live here. To remove that habitat would be to disturb the ecosystem surrounds us. We work to create diversity our soil communities and support insects and wildlife on our farm. This work preserves and strengthens the soil food web, so that our crops and ecosystem will be resilient.

 

Keeping the trees on our farm also:

  • Serves as a protective windbreak to our crops and structures

  • Creates a cooler microclimate

  • Serves as a habitat for indigenous microorganisms, birds, insects, animals

  • Roots protect soil from rain and wind erosion

  • Understory can be used to grow crops like coffee, cacao, and citrus

Foundations  

Regenerative Agriculture,  Permaculture, and Agroforestry

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Build Soil Biology

  • Keep soil aerated to promote beneficial aerobic microbes 

  • Add copious amounts of organic matter to feed beneficial microbes

  • Plant support species for green manures and exudate sources for beneficial microbes (such as cover crops and service trees, grasses, and shrubs)

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Diversity

  • Grow many types of crops for a healthy polyculture

  • Plant diversity of cover crops and support species 

  • Use diverse sources of organic matter - compost, manure, mulches

  • Promote diversity of beneficial insects, wildlife and microorganisms on farm

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Nutrient Cycling

  • Produce and apply compost and biological products

  • Plant service species densely, chop and drop regularly

  • Utilize animal manures, mulches, leaves

  • Promote the soil food web using aeration, organic matter, exudates of service species and cover crops, and inoculation

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Bed Building

  • Mechanically break up compaction

  • Build beds wide and raised for best drainage (aeration of soil, protects roots from flooding events)

  • Add copious amounts of OM and mulch to surface

  • Use drip irrigation to conserve water and keep plants hydrated 

  • Use service species and cover crops / ground covers in the beds

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Propagation

  • Utilization of renewable resources

  • Vegetative propagation of service species (vetiver, mexican sunflower, etc) and fruiting species (banana, mulberry, cassava, sweet potato)

  • Exercise care with tap root dominant trees (use tree pots, shop for nursery trees with caution)

  • Seed propagation (papaya, eggplant, pepper, passionfruit, jackfruit)

Nam wah bananas at a permaculture farm in Fort Myers Florida Southwest Florida
Fruit Spotlight

Bananas

Bananas grow quickly and easily in a well-prepared bed, and if they are well fed! Our bananas create a lush, tropical environment at the farm. We love growing these generous and beautiful plants!

 

We are currently growing:

  • tall nam wah bananas

  • dwarf nam wah bananas

  • dwarf cavendish bananas

  • blue java bananas

  • .. and more coming soon!