On June 16, in Acebo, an intensive course on agroforestry plantations for wood and fruits was held throughout the morning. We have two professionals with extensive experience: Professor José Carlos Santana, Doctor Agronomist and member of the Sorbus company, who, as he describes himself on his website, is a “ human team specialized in providing rural solutions based on local agroforestry resources, always seeking maximum sustainability “. The other trainer was the entrepreneur Carlos Donoso, a pioneer in Extremadura of agroecology who took us to one of his farms, where he has been rehearsing for years with varieties of almond, pistachio and chestnut.
To avoid the rigors of the heat, we started the course early in the morning, with the guided tour of Carlos Donoso. For those attending the course, about twenty people, there is nothing more didactic than seeing and touching the theoretical contents, which the teacher would later develop. Observe in the field how the different varieties of trees behave, how they adapt to climatic and soil conditions, the most sensitive aspects and the strengths they present, all this could be experienced in the walk around the farm, between questions and answers . In the classroom, with an intense projection of slides, the advantages and potentialities of the agroforestry plantations were reviewed. The information was so complete and varied that we invite the reader to search in this web page, in the ARCHIVES section, the document with the content of the course. Apart from general questions, you can read data from high-value plantations for quality woods, such as walnut or cherry, or plantations with great aptitude and adaptability such as rowan or ash.
The professor gave us guidelines to know the agronomic characteristics of each variety and the process to follow to obtain a successful plantation: Characterization of the land, choice of species, density of the chosen plantation, land preparation, dismantling, preparatory work, plowing, planting , protection against fauna, fertilization, irrigation, phytosanitary treatments, etc.
Perhaps the moment that more interest woke up of the course, was when they were shown models to make profitable in the short term these plantations, combining trees of wood with fruits or with herbaceous crops, fruits of the forest, aromatic, pastures. Many ideas were given, which are included in the document that the reader can visit on our website.