Last year, EcoLogic broke ground on the construction of three state of the art greenhouses in Totonicapán. The greenhouses have now been completed and are full of healthy native species saplings waiting to be reforested this spring.
Community members, led by two local, full-time caretakers manage the nurseries. They collect the seeds from the forest, plant them, water them with water flowing from the forest above the greenhouses, apply organic compost and fertilizers, and then take them into the forest once they're big enough (about 10 months old). The greenhouses allow for a greater likelihood of success because the trees remain protected from animals and insects and the greenhouses offers a steady and reliable stream of water and careful attention by caretakers.
When the trees have become large and healthy enough they will be transplanted to the forest by trained community members to be planted around water sources in May and June. These are the best months to reforest since they fall in the middle of the “rainy season.”
We can’t wait to give you another update soon as the community will soon rally together and help move the trees from the nursery back to their home in Totonicapán.
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