regenerative agroforestry
Agrosilvopastoral Design Philosophy
With the growing effects of climate change, and now the expansion of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, we are being reminded that we live in a connected world. That we owe it to ourselves and our families future generations to revisit our relationship with nature and take a closer look at what we can do on our own property to become more environmentally friendly and more self-sufficient.

The philosophy behind our agrosilvopastoral farm design involves merging organic, sustainable and resilient agricultural concepts with forest protection and wildlife management. Treating each plot as a unique ecosystem and working toward a design that enhances biodiversity builds stronger soils and naturally captures carbon dioxide through the use of methodologies designed to produce quality agricultural products while protecting soil health, local waterways and wildlife.

There is nothing within the design that does not produce either an agricultural product, pollen, nectar, fruit, food, protection or nesting locations for the indigenous wildlife. It attracts every known pollinator that lives within the surrounding area, along with the birds and other wildlife that reside there, including endangered species to help them expand their numbers.

Hillside plots include water detention and/or retention designs to capture top soil runoff and give the water time to be absorbed into the soil thus reducing downstream pollution and maximizing agricultural resilience.

All the mulch being used is created from the local environment; we use no pesticides or chemical soil enhancers. Our goal is to duplicate the natural cycle of forests - which need no man-made chemical enhancements to remain healthy - in our agricultural systems.

All our design philosophies and methodologies revolve around small-scale, high-yield, sustainably-minded farming, generally conducted by hand in urban or suburban areas. Though the exact acreage matters less than the principles of efficiency, sustainability and productivity, the farm plot encompasses an area that can be measured in mere square feet up through five acres. This form of farming is commonly referred to as "micro farming."

Our agrosilvopastoral research site is located in the Tropical Rainforest Climate Zone with Subtropical Dry forests in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 13.

The Agrosilvopastoral research project is being conducted by Black Pearl Ecological founder and Master Wildlife Conservationist Roy DuVerger



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