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Coffee and Macadamia Trees

Mar 11, 2016

Over the past several months, we have been preparing land for one of our future sustainability projects here on campus: Coffee and Macadamia. Several years from now we hope to have up to 20 acres allocated to cultivating these crops, but for this year we have begun with a 2 acre plot. We have spent several months clearing this land of the Blue Gum (Eucalyptus) trees. Each one of these trees uses over 100 liters (26 gallons) of water per day. They produce very hard wood and they grow like weeds. We have been slowly reducing the number of these trees on the Mission grounds in order to produce even more fertile conditions for the growth of crops and other indigenous trees we are planting.

Planting during the rainy season is ideal, and in order to make this deadline, we’ve had to acquire extra help to do the clearing and preparing the soil for planting. Every week we have many people show up hoping for a week of work at Namikango. This project has allowed us to hire a few more people than usual, providing work for them during a difficult time of year when their harvest from last year is running out.

In addition, the branches and twigs that fell from the trees were piled and left to be collected for firewood by the local villagers.

Though Macadamia and Coffee production can take 5 to 8 years to realize a substantial and profitable harvest, we’re excited about beginning this work that is a small step toward helping the Mission become more self-sustaining.

Ben Hayes