SALVEASERRA. Grupo Prot. Amb. Serra da Concordia

SALVEASERRA Our mission is to spread awareness and knowledge of environmental conservation and sustainable development with agroforestry farming techniques, to help rural rehabilitation of very low producing areas and to maintain farmers and their families living and working in their lands. This can be achieved with the introduction of a system of land occupation holistic, self-sustainable, organic, biological, renewable and permanent, balanced with the environment and the economic use of natural resources. As mission we have also to spread the concepts of citizenship and better education in order to achieve superior earnings and quality of life.
Nov 24, 2008

Project report

The agronomist teaching farm workers how to apply organic fertil
The agronomist teaching farm workers how to apply organic fertil

Dear donors and project friends,

"Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil" project continues steadily its course developing the objectives of teaching and educating farmers, students, local citizens and communities to preserve and restore the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil with the use of sustainable forest farming methods and adopting new attitudes towards the environment. We show them ways to protect and recover the landscape, the water and the wildlife, always searching means to enhance rural earnings. At the Wildlife Sanctuary it is time for the 2008/9 season to plant trees, fruit trees and palm trees and we are going to plant more than 2.000 seedlings this year. Besides our local production of seedlings, we are buying with resources from the SALVEASERRA/GLOBALGIVING Fund, $1000 of seedlings from different and rare tree species from a nearby tree nursery. We are at present finishing the fertilizing of the organic coffee plantation of the Shaded Coffee Tree Corridor project. School groups continue to visit the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about the mountain environment, its biodiversity and importance for water production. They also visit the agroforestry plantation plots at the CETAR, our Agroforestry Education Center. For most, it is the first time they visit a forest and see a water source. This week another group of more than 30 students and teachers from a local Municipal School came to visit us and attend the environment education program called “A Day in the Forest”. These visits normally take place two or three times per month and are sponsored by the SALVEASERRA/GLOBALGIVING Fund that invites them and rents the bus for this trip. Please see attached photos. Thank you all for your support and donations that make all this possible. Roberto Lamego

Walking fast to arrive first in the forest.
Walking fast to arrive first in the forest.
The school group.
The school group.
Nov 20, 2008

Project report

Pumping water
Pumping water

Rainforest was explored with non-sustainable production methods that led to severe soil, water and landscape degradation, causing rural poverty and migration to cities.

The project just donated the first Irrigated Organic Vegetable Garden for a Brazilian rural family, in this case a Land Reform settler. This donation is helping him become an organic producer and is giving him means to live and produce on his land and from his land. In his "Small Family Oasis", the family can find work all year round, food, produce goods for the market, and there is occupation for women and young. We hope that this will bring them security, stability, better habitat and environmental conditions and income. SALVEASERRA have already located three new possible families to receive donations to support personal projects. Two vegetable gardens and a tree nursery. We are still getting to know them and their work, and before anything else, they are going to receive some training in a course on Organic Agriculture we are sending them this late November. In a new project, we are also helping to recover the vegetable gardens of two municipal schools in the outskirts of Valença, one with 250 students and another with plus than 550, hoping that from there we will be able to reach these poor communities. This project and approach to these needed citizens is made first with a lecture on environmental matters we give at the school and a week later, groups of 30 students and teachers and school aids are invited to visit the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary, for "A Day in the Forest" a free environmental education program, in buses we hire for them. We receive these groups twice a month. All these activities are funded through the SALVEASERRA/GLOBALGIVING FUND created with part of GLOBALGIVING donations received. This Fund has the purpose of donating irrigated vegetable gardens and tree nurseries for needed people and communities and also to offer training courses on environmental and agricultural matters. I am sure that a small investment in a model that preserves nature and water and that can be reproduced everywhere, may represent the beginning of economical, social and environmental changes in the perspective of living of many Third World citizens and countries.

Placing water pipes
Placing water pipes
Sprinkling water
Sprinkling water
Sep 17, 2008

Project 1911 update. September 2008. Things are growing, plants and ideas.

Watering coffee plant
Watering coffee plant

Dear donors and Project friends.

I am glad to say that the “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil” project is running smoothly and that the plants and the ideas are growing steadily. I feel that slowly people are beginning to understand and to be more aware of the gravity of the local environmental and water situation that is taking hundreds of rural families out of their land into the cities and some to misery, poverty and crime. The agroforestry trees in the new planted areas and the coffee plantations are now irrigated with a recently installed system that brings water from the mountain stream. Please see pictures of palm trees plantation and of irrigation of coffee plants.

School groups are visiting the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary to spend their day in the forest and also to learn about Agroforestry technology at our Agroforestry Education Center, as did this last group of 34 students that came from a regional Agricultural State School to visit us. This “Day in the Forest” activity was sponsored by the SALVEASERRA/GLOBALGIVING Fund. See project 2239 for fund explanation and the pictures of this students group visit in Photo Gallery.

It is important to say that the project for the donation of irrigated vegetable gardens we started in the beginning of this year was separated from this one and now is on the list of GlobalGiving projects with the title: Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil, project 2239.

Thank you all for your support and donations.

Roberto Lamego, director.

Palm trees for "heart of palm" production
Palm trees for "heart of palm" production
Students from Technical Agricultural School
Students from Technical Agricultural School
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