Lush Cosmetics: What is Agroforestry?

Lush Cosmetics: What is Agroforestry?


– So agroforestry is a system of managing the lands that combines
forestry and agriculture. And it’s a term that is very general, it’s sort of like the word sustainable. There are many different
interpretations of it, but in my vision,
agroforestry is something that’s going to have a
certain level of biodiversity and it’s going to have
long term shade trees and conservation component
possibly and the crops that grow on the forest floor like
cacao or vanilla. So it’s really the
opposite of a monoculture. It’s a polyculture,
where we grow many things in one area of land. Lush Farm is really a unique
proposition. It’s an idea that was sort
of inspired by permaculture and by Mayan farming. It’s sort of this
combination of thinking about like I said, the long term
aspect, the trees around you and the biodiversity that they bring and then also planting
out the forest floor. We’re going to have this
system where we have cacao and vanilla and coconut
and tropical hardwood trees all grown together in a way that each species benefits each other. One gives shade, one can sort
of act like a tutor tree, others are nitrogen fixing to help with the improvement of the soil. So it’s really a regenerative system that over time emulates a
natural forest, but is much more productive. On the Lush Farm, we grow
like I said, coconut, cacao, vanilla, avocado, we’re
starting to do black pepper. It’s really something that
hasn’t been done at this scale. It’s been done at the small scale. In organic farms and
permaculture projects but we’re taking it to another level. It’s really gonna have
an interesting affect on the way people visualize
sustainable farming and organic farming. It’s something that is really unique and I think everybody
that’s been involved so far is just absolutely
thrilled to be involved in. It’s a very important
project, I would say.

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