Longon and Lychee We have a 24 longon trees that were planted about seven years ago. These and others are being used to produce the next generation of threes. The silver bands on the trees are where the trees are being air layered. We have allocated a six acre field for the new longon and lychee plants. Longon can be forced to bloom and produce fruit, but triggering lychee is a mystery that we hope to solve over the next few years.
Sugar Cane and Bananas Left: There are many small, and a few large patches of sugar cane that have survived from the plantation days. Curt feels that it is our responsibility to preserve them for historic reasons.
Above: There are also many patches of bananas. This one has a couple of bunches that are almost ready to cut down. These are volunteers, and we have no idea what variety they are, though they taste great. We planted some Apple bananas so that we can have some of a known variety.
Oil Palm We figure that it might be a good idea to be able to produce our own energy crop. Our effort in Jatropha didn't succeed because this area is too wet for them to flourish.
William Steiner of University of Hawaii, Hilo, gave us some 25 Oil Palms that he had raised from seed. Three of the plants are visible behind the pots at the left side of the picture above. Not one for doing things in a small scale, Scott Greer brought in 900 plants that he had started, and we hope to have most, if not all, planted by the summer of 2011. Within three or four years we should start seeing production. The picture shows this army of trees waiting for the planting area to be cleared and smoothed.
Cacao Under the guidance of Allen Goodson, we started planting cacao. We have about 50 producing trees, and are finally learning how to take care of them. The tan tubes in the picture at the left hold seedlings that will replace the trees that didn't survive. The tubes protect them from the wind ( http://jumpstartgt.com/descriptions.htm ). Our first batches of pods from these trees have allowed us to begin to learn how to make chocolate. Some pods have been used to provide seeds for our next round of planting that is expected to be something like 2000 trees.