anthropogen

: of, relating to, or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature

Brassica oleraceae var. botrytis, cauliflower, purple of Sicily – California

I’m growing a purple variety of cauliflower this year. Although the true wild origin is not quite known, this heirloom variety comes from Sicily, another purple variety exists from S. Africa. The […]

Agroforestry decreases farmer dependence on chemical fertilizers in Africa…

Here is a good article on the emergence of agroforestry in Africa, exploring how trees on farms, biomass management, integration of natural fertilizers into agricultural systems is taking hold amongst […]

Bombacaceae (Malvaceae), Adansonia digitata, Boabab

Baobab. This is the most widespread of the Adansonia species. I took these photos on the Kenyan coast. Other common names for Baobab include: boab, boaboa, bottle tree, upside-down tree, […]

Actinidiaceae, Actinidia indica, Kiwi fruit

I found this giant old Kiwi vine (see photo below) in someone’s yard in the Berkeley hills. It was full of flowers. The woman working in the garden said she […]

Article: Science Daily – Efforts Underway to Rescue Vulnerable Bananas, Giant Swamp Taro, Other Pacific Island Crops

This is a giant swamp taro in Fiji. (Credit: Charlotte Lusty, Global Crop Diversity Trust) ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2010) — Hoping to save the vulnerable varieties of bananas painted by […]

Bombaceae (Malvaceae), Adansonia digitata, Baobab, Muyu (Chonyu), Mbuyu (Swahili, Digo), Muramba (Embu)

Note: For more photos see this subsequent post on A. digitata. The Baobab appears to be a somewhat disproportional tree, with a massive trunk and gnarled, twisting branches. The fruit […]

Rubiaceae, Borojoa patinoi, Borojo

Borojo is perhaps one of the most incredible underutilized tropical crops I’m aware of. This species is little known and rarely cultivated outside of the Pacific side of Colombia and […]