Camino Verde

Camino Verde is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization dedicated to: * Protecting and understanding biodiversity in the Peruvian Amazon. * Protecting indigenous rights, autonomy, and wisdom. * Spreading sustainable ways of life and encouraging fair, sustainable development. Our mission is to plant trees and encourage others to do the same.
Jun 21, 2012

Mission accomplished... again!

Dear friends of Camino Verde,

For those of you who have been keeping your fingers on the pulse of our project on GlobalGiving, you may have noticed that we have expanded-- and expanded again-- the goals and timeline of our project.  This was in great part due to the fact that we were able to complete our original goals in record time.  Thanks to your help, we hit the mark for funding, planted those 1000 tress, and saved those 100 acres of land.

And now I´m pleased to report that we have once again reached a major milestone in our project.  One of the most important of our expanded goals was the creation of an on-site plant nursery that will allow us to take this projects name of "Planting 1000 trees" and turn it into a recurring cycle.  In fact, the nursery that we´ve created with your support will allow us to propagate over 2500 tree seedlings each year!

And now comes the real work...  We still need your help to realize the potential of this extraordinary new nursery.  The part of our budget that has yet to be funded is designated for the most important and direct part of our work: the planting of trees.  As you can see on our project page, just $10 will allow us to plant 2 trees.  Why not help us plant ten, twenty, a hundred trees today?

Meanwhile, if you want to get a more vivid sense of what that tree planting might look like, we are excited to present a new short video on Camino Verde´s work in the Peruvian Amazon.  Check it out here.  (Many thanks to Camino Verde volunteer-visitor Lara Weatherly, the visionary creator of this documentary.)

Many thanks for your support and interest, and warm greetings from the Peruvian Amazon.

Mar 26, 2012

Why we care... 2012

Dear Friends,
 
I'm copying here Camino Verde's latest email Missive, which was very popular with our supporters this month.  Please let me know if you'd like to be included directly on our email list.  We send out Missives 3 or 4 times a year.  I hope you enjoy it! ....

Camino Verde is in an exciting period of transformation and growth.  Now, usually in these missives I give you a summary of what's new with Camino Verde.  And I will do so, briefly, at the end of this one.  But first I want to tell you a bit about what makes the work we do so meaningful to me.
 
When people ask me what Camino Verde does, I tell them what our mission says: we plant trees.  And encourage others to plant trees too.  This usually makes people think of little seedlings in planting bags, or the image of hands carefully placing a plant into the soil.  And indeed it was a photo of just that which appeared on one of our very first missives.  
 
But now when I'm out walking in the twenty acres of trees we've reforested, it seems to me that the seedling maybe isn't the appropriate image anymore.  The exact tree pictured in that old missive photo is now taller than me.  We have breadfruits that are perfectly respectable climbing trees at this point.  Pink cedars that at two years old are eight inches in diameter and several stories high.  Jackfruits that are adorned with watermelon-sized offspring.  Hundreds of trees planted by our partner farmers that are now taller than the farmers themselves.  And it's a particular thrill to stand in the midst of five hundred moena hardwoods that are now all nearing ten feet tall, remembering well the month we planted them all.
 
Maybe I should be telling folks, "We plant trees, and then we take care of them."  We watch in awe as they grow past us in size and weight and majesty.  We end up wide-eyed at their power and humbled at how their lives improve, and even allow for, our own lives.  We pretend that we're the ones doing important work, while they silently remove tons of carbon from the atmosphere and help the soil spill over with microscopic life.  We are in the business of sitting at the feet of the true master environmentalists.  At least that's how it feels to me.
 
That, and it feels like an honor.  To advocate, to steward, to serve these extraordinary and beautiful bearers of life.
 
Since the average Camino Verde tree is no longer a baby, it seems to make sense that we are now building our own plant nursery to keep bringing in those new generations.  The first nursery module for producing a thousand seedlings a year was finished this month (photos here).  Everything comes full circle.
 
The organization isn't a seedling anymore either.  In 2012 we continue to deepen our alliance with the Center for Amazon Community Ecology, creating sustainability standards for the harvest of Amazonian medicinal plants and developing community-level reforestation plans.  We're about to raise a 20-foot water tower to keep our nursery well supplied.  The Peruvian Society for Environmental Law just awarded us a grant to build a visitor center to receive our increasingly frequent stream of volunteers.  Carpe Diem Education placed an intern with us for a semester and brings another group of students our way in April.
 
And we just got a total of 2500 trees into the ground to start the year off right-- 1500 we planted ourselves, and 1000 that went to our partner farmers.
 
These are just a few of the accomplishments that keep us busy.  But what makes me so proud is to see so many seedlings that we planted, many from seeds we harvested from the forest, now towering above us, providing shade, making the world beautiful and livable, teaching us what it really means to care about the Earth.  The name Camino Verde refers to a path of cherishing and fostering life.  And on this path it is the trees who are our great teachers.
 
My warm greetings, and gratitude always for your awareness and support. 

Mar 26, 2012

A look at Camino Verde, 2012

Dear Friends,
 
I'm copying here Camino Verde's latest email Missive, which was very popular with our supporters this month.  I wanted to give you a broader sense of what Camino Verde does in the world, not just with this one specific project on GlobalGiving.  Please let me know if you'd like to be included directly on our email list.  We send out Missives 3 or 4 times a year.  I hope you enjoy it! ....

Camino Verde is in an exciting period of transformation and growth.  Now, usually in these missives I give you a summary of what's new with Camino Verde.  And I will do so, briefly, at the end of this one.  But first I want to tell you a bit about what makes the work we do so meaningful to me.
 
When people ask me what Camino Verde does, I tell them what our mission says: we plant trees.  And encourage others to plant trees too.  This usually makes people think of little seedlings in planting bags, or the image of hands carefully placing a plant into the soil.  And indeed it was a photo of just that which appeared on one of our very first missives.  
 
But now when I'm out walking in the twenty acres of trees we've reforested, it seems to me that the seedling maybe isn't the appropriate image anymore.  The exact tree pictured in that old missive photo is now taller than me.  We have breadfruits that are perfectly respectable climbing trees at this point.  Pink cedars that at two years old are eight inches in diameter and several stories high.  Jackfruits that are adorned with watermelon-sized offspring.  Hundreds of trees planted by our partner farmers that are now taller than the farmers themselves.  And it's a particular thrill to stand in the midst of five hundred moena hardwoods that are now all nearing ten feet tall, remembering well the month we planted them all.
 
Maybe I should be telling folks, "We plant trees, and then we take care of them."  We watch in awe as they grow past us in size and weight and majesty.  We end up wide-eyed at their power and humbled at how their lives improve, and even allow for, our own lives.  We pretend that we're the ones doing important work, while they silently remove tons of carbon from the atmosphere and help the soil spill over with microscopic life.  We are in the business of sitting at the feet of the true master environmentalists.  At least that's how it feels to me.
 
That, and it feels like an honor.  To advocate, to steward, to serve these extraordinary and beautiful bearers of life.
 
Since the average Camino Verde tree is no longer a baby, it seems to make sense that we are now building our own plant nursery to keep bringing in those new generations.  The first nursery module for producing a thousand seedlings a year was finished this month (photos here).  Everything comes full circle.
 
The organization isn't a seedling anymore either.  In 2012 we continue to deepen our alliance with the Center for Amazon Community Ecology, creating sustainability standards for the harvest of Amazonian medicinal plants and developing community-level reforestation plans.  We're about to raise a 20-foot water tower to keep our nursery well supplied.  The Peruvian Society for Environmental Law just awarded us a grant to build a visitor center to receive our increasingly frequent stream of volunteers.  Carpe Diem Education placed an intern with us for a semester and brings another group of students our way in April.
 
And we just got a total of 2500 trees into the ground to start the year off right-- 1500 we planted ourselves, and 1000 that went to our partner farmers.
 
These are just a few of the accomplishments that keep us busy.  But what makes me so proud is to see so many seedlings that we planted, many from seeds we harvested from the forest, now towering above us, providing shade, making the world beautiful and livable, teaching us what it really means to care about the Earth.  The name Camino Verde refers to a path of cherishing and fostering life.  And on this path it is the trees who are our great teachers.
 
My warm greetings, and gratitude always for your awareness and support. 

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