I run a finca in the center of Colombia at an altitude of 1500m. We grow coffee and platano. In this region we grow almost everything according to the specifications of the agro-industry, so we use a lot of chemicals.
We are now going to change our finca according to the principles of Syntropic Farming. The project is intended to serve as an example and incentive for small farmers to apply the syntropic farming principle.
Who in Colombia has already had experience of this? Who would like to participate in the project or could advise us?
Un abrazo Daniel Seidenberg
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we’re not in Columbia we are in Nepal but very interested to hear your experience & story of trnsitioning to syntrropic farming - is there a link to more information? Thanks
Would you make the change from “agro-industrial” practices to syntropics from one year to the next or have you carried out (or planned) a transition period?
It may be preferable to gradually reduce the use of chemical inputs to facilitate adaptation to the new cultivation method and avoid a brutal shock for the plants. This will ensure more stable production during your transition.
Feel free to share more info, we’ll be happy to help!
Shifting to syntropic for coffee production is a good idea. Brazils winning coffee was syntropic recently. As you are probably aware, Ernst Gotsch’s website has a lot of materials on syntropic coffee. I am working in Malawi, Africa, as well as in Central America in agroforestry. Switching to all organic is possible. I would suggest increased inputs at the beginning with composts, Johnson-su, vermiculture, and then over time rely more on N-fixing trees and biomass trees that are heavily coppiced.