Organic greenhouse farming, shade, temperature and moisture levels at a forest like nursery
Ipecacuanha is naturally grown in the tropical forests of Brasil, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. The protective cover of the trees mellows the light and rainfall, yet maintains moisture levels despite the open air.
DPS has developed a setup where 3 different tent seizes are used to plant grow, harvest and dry high quality Ipecacuanha vegetative material. It has specialised itself in agrotechnology for Ipecacuaha. The large tent has the benefit of opening the roof as to create optimal conditions in terms of shade, temperatrue and moistrure for the botanicals.At every stage protocol is observed:
Soil management: The optimal Ipecacuahha farming soil is forest land as it consists of a humus rich clay soil structure.
Organic Farming: Upon nursery establishment an organic compost toplayer is applied based on internal and external compost production.
Organic Nursing: During the plant development a monthly leave analysis is executed that establishes the nutrient reserves in the plant. Any deficits will be supplemented through the irrigation system in a gentle rain like manner, to minimise plant resistance towards the external nutrients. Wood vinegar, an affordable product, will be used during the total cyclus both as compost and pest control agent, supported by microorganism residues and (in the lombriz) that is the water that can be extracted from a composting process with californian worms.
Harvest optimisation: After a year, every month the roots are drawn to determine the watermass in the root as well as the emetine levels..These factors generate the balance to determine the optimal harvest moment as long as replanting is immediate after testing.
Government certification & Ipecac protocol development
In Costa rica government has established an organisation , called MAGFOR as a platform for import and export, where industry protocols are agreed for new products . Magfor was established as a national institute to monitor the health of the plants/crops at the farmers, with the intent to develop incentives for trade credibility.
Farmers have to be tested and certified monthly, this is also critical for national transport. The farmers are proud of this certificate as it proves their quality of crops.
DPS collaborates with the MAGFOR plantation protocols.
This allows DPS to collaborate in joint trading initiatives. with local farmers, many of whom use our tent’s as drydock for their crops.