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Portugal – Mountain farm (2014)

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Advisory trip to a mixed acreage spread over several sites including vegetable gardens, livestock, vineyard, mixed orchard and forestry (pine and eucalyptus).  Initial client focus on vineyard and mixed orchard.  Vineyard has potential to build on existing rotation of vegetables and chickens between high-vine rows, by including rabbits (in tractors if necessary) to improve their welfare and quality.  Mixed orchard has potential to improve condition of soil and trees by altering the acequia irrigation to run on contour and avoid erosion, going organic, introduction of compost tea foliage sprays, tree guilds and alley cropping (e.g. with nitrogen fixers, comfrey, etc) with periodic animal inclusion (i.e. sheep, not goats).

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