How Farmers Use Bamboo
Throughout history, farmers have used bamboo for a multitude of purposes. From rural housing to water pipes, fences and trellis, props, cooking utensils, baskets and buckets, animal sheds and pens, greenhouses, fertilizer, and the list goes on and on.
Unfortunately, many of todays farmers are not familiar with these ancient practices anymore, even though bamboo could still be used as an affordable and reliable alternative in agriculture.
Of course, it must be noted that bamboo is not abundant in every part of the world, especially Europe and North America lack the availability of native and useful bamboos. Western tools and technologies have often replaced traditional practices in tropical countries throughout Asia and Latin America, which contributes to the reduced usage and knowledge of bamboo among local farming communities.
It is therefore important to promote and revive the use of bamboo in agriculture, and to teach people how to grow, care and use bamboo for their own benefit. This page is intended to inspire and to present some practical examples of how bamboo can be used on a farm.
Bamboo greenhouses are very popular among farming communities in the tropics because a bamboo greenhouse is much more economical to build, operate and maintain compared to conventional steel framed greenhouses.
In Latin America, farmers often use bamboo as beehives. Bamboo internodes (the part between 2 nodes) of larger diameter bamboo species such as Guadua angustifolia or Dendrocalamus asper are very well suited to make a bamboo beehive.
Bamboo is an excellent material for cheap and light plant support sticks, stakes or props. In Central America, Bambusa vulgaris poles were used for many years to prop bananas for United Fruit.