Tropical Gardening: Living sustainably has been called many things over the years

  • Photo courtesy of Voltaire Moise Many species of bamboo are utilized in sustainable farming systems. This Dendrocalamus giganteus may be used for windbreaks, construction, water pipes, crafts, animal feed and edible shoots. Too big for the garden at 100 feet or more, it is a good addition to the sustainable farm.

Back in the 1940s, progressive and futuristic farmers were aware of the big mistakes farmers and ranchers had made in the earlier days causing lands to deteriorate. Today, we are still trying to improve our relationship with the environment Terms like sustainable agriculture, integrated pest management, organic farming and permaculture are used by folks concerned about minimizing our negative impact on the planet. We now focus on minimizing our carbon footprint as we experience the effects of global warming.