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Breadfruit Agroforestry Guide

Breadfruit Agroforestry Guide: Planning and Implementation of Regenerative Organic Methods, is now available for commercial and home growers looking to combine modern horticultural techniques with traditional growing methods similar to those successfully employed by Pacific Islanders over many centuries.

Written and published by Craig Elevitch, Director of Agroforestry Net, and Dr. Diane Ragone, Director of the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, is being released as the prolific Pacific Island staple crop enjoys a resurgence in planting and growing interest across the Hawai‘i and around the tropical world.

The guide presents techniques that can sustain productivity for long periods of time, while regenerating land degraded by erosion, compaction, overgrazing, and loss of organic matter. It covers subjects that include recognizing breadfruit varieties, agroforest planning, planting, and maintenance, selection of suitable accompanying crops, value-added products, and economic evaluation. The guide targets a range of growing scenarios from backyard gardens to large farms in the tropics.

The handbook was developed with funding by Patagonia Provisions®, the State of Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, the Kaua‘i County Office of Economic Development and published by the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kalāheo, Kauai, and Permanent Agriculture Resources, Hōlualoa, Hawai‘i.

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