Today we are going to get to know Claudia Zago's project, manager of the Chácara Cheiro de Mato farm (Itatiba, SP). Together with PRETATERRA, we plan to convert an old pasture area into a highly productive and biodiverse agroforestry system focused on coffee, in addition to 17 other marketable species.
"I started to see sense in using this property to produce food, live together and form a very interesting regeneration system..”
– Claudia Zago
After many changes and a co-construction process, we arrived at a result in line with Claudia's area and plans. We set up the agroforestry design accompanied by robust economic modeling. “[PRETATERRA provided me with] all the quantities of seedlings, inputs, equipment, labor, the step-by-step implementation and management operations, and also, very important for decision making , estimates of production costs and revenues”.
In the project at Chácara Cheiro de Mato, PRETATERRA studied the characteristics of the area in depth, taking into account the composition of the soil, the regional climate, the physiognomy of the surroundings and commercial aspects, such as the location of the property in relation to the product market. agricultural. Due to its proximity to the urban area, the flow of products over time will benefit.
We also elaborate the so-called functional niche of this agroforestry, that is, the grouping of species that will have an identical arrangement throughout the system. “My preference for the key plant was coffee.”, says Claudia. Even keeping the focus on coffee, we selected some very popular secondary species, such as red guava and clove lime, considering the added value potential of products such as jams, candies, jellies and ice cream. In addition, for longer cycles, we opt for high-value woods on the market, such as African mahogany and Australian cedar. In order to increase the diversity of the current system, or to modify the composition of the systems to be implemented in the future, there is the possibility of replacing species according to their functional niche, revealing elasticity as a primordial aspect in PRETATERRA projects.
Furthermore, with the proposed integrative design, the prognosis is for an annual revenue close to R$30,000/ha, in a cycle of 20 to 25 years, and an average production of 5 tons per hectare in agroforestry products each year. In addition to the evident economic potential, this system will also have the advantage of being able to regenerate soil, the landscape and its forest matrix.
"I was very satisfied with the work provided by PRETATERRA. Thanks!”, concludes Claudia.
The regenerative design presented seeks to bring together ecological and economic factors in its resilience, diversity and operational systematization. All the premises used create an intelligent and diverse system, improving the intrinsic qualities of the soil and, consequently, of the coffee and fruits (main products). The multiple functions of the agroforestry system will improve the resilience of plants and the intrinsic qualities of the products.