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RainForestt Robert

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The search for land on a small island is extremely frustrating.  After taking family, work, commute and money available into consideration I can't afford much land that would be attached to single family dwelling.  Our present home (uncompleted) is on just 5500 sq feet.  The footprint of the house takes up most of the yard.  No room for a bismarckia  :( !

The cost of land is escalating dramatically.  Ours appreciated over 100 percent in the last 3 years.  And the cost of construction has also doubled.  (Did I say the house is not finished?)  Townhouses, almost unheard of a few years ago are sprouting up all over.  Meanwhile, there is a 3/4 acre empty lot next to me, owner residing overseas, waiting to return to Trinidad one day.

OK, enough background.  I am looking for agricultural land to grow palms, cycads, heliconias.  Heck, I need to turn this hobby into a business so that when I retire, hopefully at 50, I can build a house on a few acres in the country.  So I am looking to field grow palms that can then be sold to municipalities and homeowners.  When I looked at Ryan's photos of the bottle palms I was salivitating.

Two weeks ago I looked at some land that was available for lease, but it was so far away and the roads were so bad, water not available that I considered it no more.

Last week I checked out another plot that seemed to have a bit more potential.  It is about 20 - 25 minutes from where we I live.  Let's take a look around.

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So many plants, So little space.

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Driving through the Mon Desir area I noticed that there are numerous farming operations, mostly family owned and producing short term crops, like lettuce, tomatoes, peppers etc.

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Sorry if the images are less than sharp.  I have not mastered taking photos from moving, jolting vehicles.

Trinidad!  Southernmost island in the Caribbean.

So many plants, So little space.

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We traveled along a ridge that gives an overview of the area.

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We are in the middle of the dry season now, but there were a few clouds and sprinkles around that day.

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So many plants, So little space.

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Apart from the crops mentioned earlier, some citrus is also produced in the area.

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I'm not too knowledgeable, but I think the fields could do with some clearing.  To the right you can see a small house where the owner resides.

Trinidad!  Southernmost island in the Caribbean.

So many plants, So little space.

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Water is not available in this area, so ponds are dug, filled in the rainy season and hopefully, last until the rains come in June.

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The owner of this property, which is adjacent to the one I was looking at was a nice guy.  He ringed his pond with Coconuts.  He drew water from the pond via a pump driven by the engine of his tractor.  Water was pumped into a tank on the trailer of the tractor and then taken to different parts of the fields.  In the photo of post 2 the farmer is watering his plants with water taken from a pond that is behind the trees.

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So many plants, So little space.

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End of the road?  Not quite, under all that burnt brush, there actually is a paved road.  The owner of the land did not want to dirty his brand new Honda CRV, so we did the last bit on foot.

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So many plants, So little space.

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Scenes along the way.

Acromia acuelatas are a pretty common sight.

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Trinidad!  Southernmost island in the Caribbean.

So many plants, So little space.

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As is this Desmoncus orthocantus

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Finally we arrive at the location.  Previously the owner grew papayas, peppers etc.  The land is to the left of the Acromias.

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More later.

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So many plants, So little space.

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