The majority of communities located around Puerto Maldonado is not farmers by tradition and the ones trying out this activity as a means of livelihood suffer trying to make the meager plots of land rentable. Without local knowledge and sufficient means to make them capable farmers lands are left abandoned and unproductive after just a year or two of work and move to a new area of rainforest to start again.
In 2001 Taricaya starts a pilot farm as a project to help the locals manage their land efficiently, make more money from it and hence reduce their impact on the surrounding forest. After performing various experiments with crops and productivity, Taricaya was able to create a self-sufficient module for local families to replicate.
The combination of livestock management, crop cycling with tropical flower and fruit cultivation for sale and woody trees for reforestation and long term use has proven to be a successful alternative of sustainable agriculture and land use for local communities.
VISIT THE FARM AND MAHOGANIES! Take a hike to the farm and see how mahogany, cedar, flowers and tropical fruits have grown to create a productive forest area that allows recovery and sustainable use of it. Visit the Mahogany workshop and see the different art work done with this precious wood harvested from the farm, example of another economic activity for families to develop.