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This photo was taken in June 2010, one day after we had bought the land. The scars of 70 years of cattle breeding could be seen everywhere.</p>In the rainy season, animal trails became streams which accelerated the erosion. During the dry season, the vegetation got burnt because there were hardly any trees left to shade the land. They have been cut for the purpose of maximizing the pasture area.</p>The roots of many plants could not penetrate the hard ground because the heavy animals had compacted the soil with their hooves. 
This photo  was taken in March 2014. Finca Bayano looks quite different. The land has already recovered substantially from the ordeal of decades of meat production. Thousands of trees are thriving now and many animal species are coming back.</p>If we had not bought the land it would now be like many other Fincas which, due to destruction of the soil, require ever larger areas to feed the same number of animals. Sooner rather than later, farmers in Panama will have to realize that the time of ruthless exploitation of nature is eventually coming to an end. We are exploring the neighborhood in search for the best coconuts. </p>Our intention is to plant 1,000 coconut trees this year but it turns out to be complicated to find such a huge number of nuts. Nowadays, even villagers prefer a modern (!) diet, and for that reason most neighbors have only one coconut tree. Once ripe, however, the nuts fall down, and most of them are rotting below the tree. It is a much better idea to sell the nuts to us. We are offering 15 cents apiece.</p>By the way, mangos and cashews are also rotting, in this land of plenty. Furthermore, several hundred cashew, carambola, and moringa trees are on the planting agenda. As fast-growing shade trees, there are 1,000 bananas and the same number of papayas on our plan in 2014.</p>To make sure that all plants grow well at Finca Bayano, we will build irrigation reservoirs this year. 10 reservoirs, with a volume of about 1,000 gallons each, will be dug per acre.</p>During the dry season, two of our workers will be responsible for the irrigation only.

Prepare, don't despair!

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