Located at the eastern foothill of the mountain Pan De Azacar, Jungle Dave's Farm is the site of a model farming project, introducing novel methods and
techniques for land management in the area. Attractions at the farm include:
- Ecotourism within a 50+ acre Primary Jungle Reserve
- Model Cattle Farm
- Reforestation Projects
- Organic Farming
- Water Quality Management
The main subsistence employment in the county of San Juan Bosco is cattle farming. The same techniques are applied today that were applied over 50 years ago. Mass tracts of Primary Jungle were destroyed and Gramalote planted, and cattle tied up and moved twice a day. The results are poorly fed cattle, with workers having little or no time to do anything else other than take care of the cattle (I know, I did it that way for 6 months).
The cool way to do it, is using the jungle to form natural corrals with loose cattle, since cattle will not wonder aimlessly into the jungle. This requires changing pastures to another grass called Setaria (Setaria splendida), which can with stand the stamping of the cattle, and also grows better in shady areas, requiring TREES!!! Setaria also is higher in protein, and produces 5 rounds per year (matures every 75 days), where as Gramalote requires 12 months.
As a biologist, I am well aware of the impact cattle have on the environment; I am also aware of the argument that dedicating the same land to production of grains and cereals would produce MORE protein for human consumption than cattle. However... MORE
For a donation of only $25, adopt a jungle tree! All proceeds go to cultivating and/or purchasing trees native to the area, reforesting key areas including steeps and watershed areas to prevent erosion and water contamination. The site of the reforestation project is in plain site of San Juan Bosco, so the community can witness the reforestation as it happens.