What is Fallow Land and What it Means to TreeCoin

We bring up the term “fallow land” when describing our early planning and initial stages of reforestation in Paraguay. The term can bring several meanings in the context of typical agriculture.

For example, many roaming tribes or nomadic people in the Amazon rainforest, as well as in other tropical forests in the world, practise fallow farming. In this method, they plant crops on a cleared patch of land and leave it after harvesting, as the land has become fallow. They then return to the same patch months or even years later, when the soil is fertile once more.

Fallow here means that the soil lacks nutrients. This means that it has already nourished the previous harvests and will need time to naturally replenish nutrients. These nutrients come from the air and surrounding organic material. They are broken down over time by various organisms living in the soil.

In structured fallow farming, farmers plant different types of crops simultaneously in plots of land. They then switch the type of plants in sequence. This is based on the rationale that different plants absorb different nutrients. So, soil that may no longer be fertile for potatoes could, for example, still be useful for maize.

TreeCoin: Putting value back into neglected land

In Paraguay, and in most places throughout the world, there are lots of abandoned land. These are simply not being productive nor do they bring any value to the economy. It is either too far from urban commercial or residential areas to benefit from construction, or it is not fertile enough for agriculture.

TreeCoin has plans for millions upon millions of trees, and we will need huge tracts of land for that. Obviously, we don’t want to buy up land that already has some form of productive activity. Instead, we are looking for fallow land with plots whose soil simply isn’t good enough for planting other type of crops.

So, TreeCoin isn’t only about providing alternative sustainable sources of timber for an industry with rising demand, since eucalyptus harvests will protect existing tropical rainforests. But our activity will turn land that previously contributed nothing, to eucalyptus farms that give jobs to local communities and helps them grow and thrive on their own work.

Eucalyptus, a suitable species

But won’t fallow land mean Eucalyptus will have trouble growing? Well, that is just one other special thing about Eucalyptus!

While typically fallow land won’t allow most agricultural crops to grow in a healthy way, Eucalyptus happens to be a very hardy species, able to grow in unsuitable conditions. Of course, at TreeCoin, we also do a lot of research and engineering to improve the suitability of the seedlings we use. We’ve also done a lot of research to create the most suitable cross-specimens of Eucalyptus (you can read about our work here), to ensure we get healthy, fast-growing trees, ready for harvest in as little as 3 years!

TreeCoin: Breathing life back into fallow land

TreeCoin’s mission for sustainable reforestation isn’t just about saving the planet’s rainforests. It’s about providing value to the communities we work with, and the overall economy we contribute to. For us, the most ethical way to do this is to use land that is abandoned or neglected, and give it back value many times over. And for years and decades to come.

Isn’t it great to know that we can always put our land back to good use? Come join TreeCoin today and see the possibilities for a greener Earth and stronger economies.