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.
Oct 11, 2010

Update October 2010

Students arriving for "A Day in the Forest" trail
Students arriving for "A Day in the Forest" trail

Dear donors and project friends,

I would like to say that project “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil” continues to spread its environmental activities and policies in Valença County and surroundings and to take local students and others to visit the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary where they participate of an environmental education course “A Day in the Forest”. For us it is always a pleasure to offer to the community these forests trails trekking that gives students and teachers a wonderful and unique possibility to see Nature closely by visiting a well protected forest and also the farm's agroforestry demonstration areas. For most of these students it is the first time they visit a forest and it is for sure an unforgettable experience. After this day in the woods they will have a much better understanding of the environment and of the urgent need to keep these areas preserved in order to maintain the water sources and important parts of Brazilian wildlife. These last two groups were of older students so we could have a deeper discussion on several environmental issues. In the first of these groups some journalists from the local newspaper came along the trail and we had a very nice article about our work on the weekly paper. Please see pictures of these groups here: http://picasaweb.google.com/Boblamego/GGUpdate092010Schools?authkey=Gv1sRgCOKtpuHDr_-SWg

The agroforestry systems experiments did not suffer very much this year of very dry and hot weather, because we irrigated great part of our trees and the rainy season came early this year. The danger of fire is gone. This year we are planning to plant some 3000 seedlings of trees, palm tree and fruit trees. As we still do not produce all the seedlings we need we will have to buy 2000 with the project donations.

Last month we received a group of 30 M.Sc. students in a Professional Organic Agriculture degree, sponsored by Federal Rural University and EMBRAPA Agrobiologic Research Center, that came to visit our agroforestry research center, the CETAR, Regional Agroforestry Technology Center, and see and study the already 10 years old partnership experiments that we have with EMBRAPA, the Brazilian Government Agriculture Research Office in our forests, in planting 3 different agroforestry systems models. Please see pictures of this visit here: http://picasaweb.google.com/Boblamego/GGUpdate092010EMPRAPAVisitors?authkey=Gv1sRgCPWO95Lj0sTDag

I want to thank you all sincerely for your donations and support and say these help us a lot do our work and to keep on moving forward, spreading the sustainable development possibilities and ideas that can change our communities and countries.

Thank you again and all the best,

Roberto Lamego, Project Leader

Concordia Mountains Wildlife Sanctary entrance
Concordia Mountains Wildlife Sanctary entrance
On the trail
On the trail
Under the big and very old Mango tree
Under the big and very old Mango tree
They can not resist and many climb this tree
They can not resist and many climb this tree
A break near the mountain stream
A break near the mountain stream
The first group preparing to leave
The first group preparing to leave
This is the second group that visited the area
This is the second group that visited the area
A stop to watch the landscape
A stop to watch the landscape
Arriving at the Wildlife Sanctuary
Arriving at the Wildlife Sanctuary
Exploring nature
Exploring nature
Students visiting the tree nursery
Students visiting the tree nursery
Students visiting agroforestry experiment
Students visiting agroforestry experiment
Another view of agroforestry experiment
Another view of agroforestry experiment
Coming back from the stream
Coming back from the stream
Second group preparing to leave
Second group preparing to leave
MSc. students arriving to visit Wildlife Sanctuary
MSc. students arriving to visit Wildlife Sanctuary
First stop to see and study the landscape
First stop to see and study the landscape
EMBRAPA researchers, teachers and their students
EMBRAPA researchers, teachers and their students
Let
Let's climb and see from the top of this hill
Going up
Going up
On the top
On the top
In a pasture where a magnificent forest exited
In a pasture where a magnificent forest exited
Explaining agroforestry planting systems
Explaining agroforestry planting systems
On the trail again
On the trail again
Visiting low cost tree nursery
Visiting low cost tree nursery
Palm trees planted in agroforestry experiment
Palm trees planted in agroforestry experiment
10 years ago Embrapa planted these 3500 trees
10 years ago Embrapa planted these 3500 trees
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

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