Farms

Organic Gardens and Berry Production

Organic vegetable gardens and berry patches are generally the centerpiece of the farms of the Pumalín Project. Large, diverse, and aesthetically pleasing gardens sensitize residents and visitors to the importance of safe, nutritious food, and serve as a key component of the continual effort toward self-sufficiency. Employees gain a sense of pride and a respect for healthy food as they learn how to grow vegetables. Gardens are also integrated into the public access infrastructure of several of the parklands projects.

 

Organic garden in Vodudahue

Supervising the orchards

Years of organic gardening in this climate have improved growing practices over time. The gardens at Reñihué Farm, for example, have been refined and expanded several times since 1993 when they were established. They may be the most productive organic temperate rainforest gardens anywhere, producing abundant crops despite receiving twenty feet of rainfall annually. The overarching goal is beauty, efficiency, diversity, and easy maintenance. On-site composting, greenhouses, vermiculture, and integrated berry orchards are common features to the gardens at the various farms. Interns and volunteers from Chile, Argentina, and beyond often work in the gardens, learning organic gardening techniques and sometimes fulfilling course requirements. Engaging people in the production of healthy, delicious organic food represents a simple but powerful mode of strengthening their connections to the natural world.

 

Berries being sun-dried

Organic garden in Reñihué

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