Nopales

Last year we wrote about planting nopales – a cactus with edible pads (leaves). We brought in three truckloads of nopales last year, dumping them in three different locations and then dispersing the pads across the forest. For the pads that seemed dead, we just left where we had dumped them.

They were not dead.

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Nopales Project

Nopales, or prickly pear, grow natively here in Michoacán. They are incredibly easy to plant: stir up a bit of dirt, plop nopal paddle down on the ground, and walk away.

We had three truckloads of nopal paddles delivered – about 2,000 plants in total. We will use them as natural barriers along the edges […]

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