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.
Aug 11, 2010

Update August 2010

Old greenhouse
Old greenhouse

UPDATE AUGUST 2010

Dear donors and project friends,

first of all I want to apologize for leaving you such a long time without a project report but here goes a new one and you will see through this one, that project "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil", is advancing not as fast as we would like, but it is making important progress in our communities. We still have difficulties to find families that want and need a donation of a home vegetable garden. One of the reasons is that people are leaving the country, abandoning their backyards and preferring to buy at the supermarkets. The partnership with Valença County municipality to implement vegetable gardens in the municipal schools stopped because the local Mayor was obliged to leave his office for political and legal reasons. We will have new elections in two months. Then we have to start it all over again. This was the bad part, but the good part is that, at last, an old greenhouse we showed in a picture two reports ago, saying that that we would help reconstruct because it was important for the production of good quality organic sprouts of different vegetables and that we had bought twenty 3 meters concrete poles and 10 crossbars, is ready, beautiful and operating. They have already doubled their production of sprouts that is supplied to other members of the Organic Producers Association as well as the community in general. You will see a sequence of photos of the rebuilding of the greenhouse, from the old one to the placement of the baby vegetables on the market. We continue to look for home vegetable gardeners and recently our team made a presentation to a group of small producers of an association kept by local church. We still do not have any return from them. You will see also some pictures of this meeting. Last month the project sponsored 5 people to attend to an organic agriculture course, the same course we offered in other occasions and that you can see in other earlier updates. We have no photos. We have a new small producer to help as we are going to build a new greenhouse for him. Mr. Antonio dos Santos wants to improve his old one and to start a new small business producing different kinds of saplings of trees, fruit trees, palm trees, spices, flowers and garden plants. Attached you will see two pictures of Antonio and his existing greenhouse. In the next update we will have a new greenhouse to show you. I am sure that these small investments in agricultural models that preserve nature and water and that can be reproduced everywhere, may represent the beginning of economical, social and environmental changes in the living of many Third World citizens. Thank you very much for your help and donations. They make all this possible and I am very grateful to you. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, ideas or suggestions and who knows some day some of you can come visit us?

Thank you again for this support,

Roberto.

Old greenhouse 2
Old greenhouse 2
Inside old greenhouse
Inside old greenhouse
Inside old greenhouse 2
Inside old greenhouse 2
Truck with concrete poles
Truck with concrete poles
Denise, concrete poles and crossbars
Denise, concrete poles and crossbars
Greenhouse construction
Greenhouse construction
Greenhouse construction 2
Greenhouse construction 2
New greenhouse
New greenhouse
Denise and new greenhouse
Denise and new greenhouse
Inside new greehouse
Inside new greehouse
New greenhouse 2
New greenhouse 2
Valença marketplace
Valença marketplace
Husband now engaged in the production and sale.
Husband now engaged in the production and sale.
Small producers meeting
Small producers meeting
Small producers meeting 2
Small producers meeting 2
Antonio and Denise
Antonio and Denise
Antonio
Antonio's greenhouse
Jun 18, 2010

Update, June 2010

See the happiness of our visitors
See the happiness of our visitors

Dear donors and project friends, The project “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil” continues to take local students to visit the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary and to participate of the environmental education course “A Day in the Forest”. Please see some attached photos of the last group. For us it is always a pleasure to be able to do these walks and to have this wonderful and unique possibility to take students to visit our forest and the farm’s agroforestry demonstration areas. As you already know, for most of these students it is the first time they visit a forest and I can say that it is an unforgettable experience and I am sure that after this excursion they will have a much better understanding of the environment and the need of forests to maintain the water sources. You can see through their faces how much they like it. We continue the agroforestry systems experiments and the plants and trees are growing nicely, due the very good rain season we had this year. The dry season approaches and with the irrigation system we have now it will be possible to irrigate all the new plants that suffer very much during the dry period. This year we have planted again more than 2000 seedlings of trees, palm tree and fruit trees. I would like to say that without you support none of this would be possible and I am very grateful to all of you. Thank you. All the best, Roberto

On the trail
On the trail
A Day in the Forest ecological tour
A Day in the Forest ecological tour
Group at the entrance of the Wildlife Sanctuary
Group at the entrance of the Wildlife Sanctuary
It is the first time they visit a forest
It is the first time they visit a forest
On the trail we can discuss with them
On the trail we can discuss with them
A trail in the forest
A trail in the forest
The road to the Wildlife Sanctuary
The road to the Wildlife Sanctuary
For the teachers it is also a great experience
For the teachers it is also a great experience
A bath on the creek before coming back
A bath on the creek before coming back
Mar 1, 2010

Update, February 2010

The filming crew
The filming crew

Dear project donors and friends, last December, we had the visit of a film making team from Canada, working for Lato Sensu Productions that is preparing a documentary series entitled "Architects of change". As I said in the last project update, I was invited to participate in this series that has the aim to explain and highlight the possible solutions to many different environmental and social issues, through the examples of people and experiences that already apply sustainable development principles in their daily lives and work. They expect that these examples will give hope for the future and encourage other people to do something of their own to try to change and improve their lives and communities. Please visit this site to have a better idea of the project: http://www.filmsdocumentaires.com/portail/artisans.html. As this is the second series of documentaries, you can also see on this site, who has accepted the invitation for the first series: http://artisansduchangement.latosensu.tv/. For us it was an unique opportunity to be able to participate in this series and to have our projects chosen to be shown and broadcasted in France (TV5-Monde, Ushuaia TV) and Canada (Radio-Canada and TFO) and to know that talks are under way with Discovery Channel and NHK Japan as well as UNESCO. It was also a fantastic experience to follow, produce and work with this team of professional Canadian filmmakers. We will see these new series of documentaries in the beginning of 2011. Please see attached photos of the filming. We are preparing to start our field operations for 2010 with the local schools and as echo of the interest the “Day in the Forest” ecological guided tour in the city of Valença, it is possible that we will obtain some support from the Secretary of Education in order to establish a partnership with them to take this program to more schools in different parts of the County. The plantation season is almost over and we planted again some 2000 trees, palm trees and fruit trees, half of then bought with GlobalGiving donations. Thank you all for your support, donations and good wishes that make all this come true and possible. All the best, Roberto

Students on the road
Students on the road
Students, old tree and Canadians
Students, old tree and Canadians
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