Going ‘Green’ in Jonotla

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HI Mexico’s Demonstration Farm now features a brand new greenhouse. Constructed of high-grade plastic sheeting stretched over a frame of locally-grown bamboo, the greenhouse will provide a controlled environment for nursing herbs and vegetable seedlings, growing specialty crops like vanilla, and extending the growing season for staple foods such as tomatoes, which cannot grow outside during the rainy months.

First crop in the greenhouse: organic vanilla harvested from a forest in Vera Cruz state and transplanted to Jonotla. Using a 'vertical bed' system and training the vines around the bamboo greenhouse supports, time will show whether this is a good crop for the region.

In addition to the vertical beds around each post, three raised beds were installed for nursing seedlings.

At a minimal cost, HI Mexico will be able to grow a greater variety and quantity of crops for consumption and sale. At an upcoming workshop, local farmers will have the opportunity to learn how to construct a similar greenhouse or growing boxes for their own homes and farms.

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