Saturday, January 21, 2006

Neem Farm

Thursday we went to visit the Neem Plantation. Neem trees, which are related to the Mahagoney tree, are native to Pakistan, and are one of the oldest medicinal plants used in traditional Indian medicine. Nick, a Greek Bahamian, imported the seeds and developed a local business growing the trees and producing a vaiety of products using extracts of the leaves, fruit, and bark We've never met a more talented tree. The soil in this area is only a thin layer, 2 - 20 inches over hard coral, making farming a daunting task. The trees are treasured and even named.

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