La Reserva Forest Foundation

La Reserva Forest Foundation is a Costa Rican non-profit, tax exempt foundation working to restore and preserve native tropical forests, dedicated to creating "tree bridges" linking isolated forest islands using volunteers and the local school communities, and fighting global warming through various carbon neutral projects.
Jan 2, 2015

A Sampling of Tropical Fruits Anyone?

Rambutan or Mamon Chino
Rambutan or Mamon Chino

Happy New Year, 2015! Thank you all for you generous support this past year. We look forward to serving you and our community again this year and have launched our new website at www.lrff.org for a start so please go check it out.

Just to give you an idea of some of the native fruits LRFF will plant with Angel Silva in his project, “Angel’s Fruit Forest” I decided to make this progress report an enticement, in the way of tropical fruits, to really get the juices (funds) flowing J This is such a great project and we’re hoping to plant it this year making it possible to begin harvesting some of the faster maturing varieties in two years, 2017. Be sure to see all of the photos of the different fruits for mouth-watering enticement. You might want to jump into some of these pics.

Angel already has over 1000 native cacao (chocolate) trees that will be planted in the project and the sooner the better because they’ve been sitting for more that a year now and getting root bound in their nursery bags. The Maleku use cacao as a sacred part of their ceremonies and drink it unsweetened. The pods are collected and a few of the seeds can be removed and eaten raw but not too many or you’ll be sorry later. Chocolate is used medicinally externally and consumed, YUM.

Guava, Guayaba in Spanish, is also used medicinally and the fruit eaten in a variety of ways. The leaves are used for medicine and we plant a lot of these already in our projects. In Costa Rica the fruit is used in jams, juices, sauces and eaten whole. The wildlife are crazy about them as well, birds, monkeys, squirrels, insects…

Star Fruit, Carambola in Spanish, is a small, bushy tree. The fruits are delicious and beautiful. The fruit is sour and acidic and it is used in natural drinks and cut crosswise makes a lovely garnish.

Soursop, Guanabana in Spanish, is a funny looking fruit that sprouts out of the trunk of the tree like cacao. The skin is bumpy and leathery but inside is the most luscious flesh you can imagine, creamy, white with large black seeds. Medicine made from the leaves and fruit is said to be 10,000 times more powerful in the treatment of cancer than chemotherapy.

Mango is my favorite fruit, I don’t know about you. There are thousands of varieties in the world and many grown here in Costa Rica.

Passion fruit, Maracuya in Spanish, grows on a vine that will do great in the fruit forest habitat because it uses the trees to climb upon. The leaves are useful medicinally by making into a tea or tincture and ingesting as a sedative. The fruits, yellowish, ovoid pods filled with black seeds all enveloped in a bright orange pulp, can be eaten, seeds and all, by scooping them out of the pod with a teaspoon and are said to be a natural deworming medication if one eats one fruit this way each day. Mainly used for natural drinks, desserts and sauces.

The Peach Palm, Pejibaye in Spanish, is a tall palm tree whose trunk is covered in long, super sharp spines. They do very well in the Maleku Reserve area and I can remember when we first came here in the 80’s when the Maleku people used to haul the big bunches of Pejibayes over the hill on the bus and set up in front of the bus station in central Tilaran where I live. It was very beautiful to see their smiling faces with all the bright fruits in the foreground.

Lastly the amazing Rambutan, Mamon Chino in Spanish, it’s the first photo in this lineup. The strangest looking fruit but inside is a little juicy fruit, kind of like a grape with a large seed. A person can eat a lot of them and as you can see they grow prolifically in big bunches on the trees. I’ve even eaten them stewed, like prunes, in Jamaica.

Are you hungry yet...because this isn’t even half of the native tropical fruits we will plant in this project. You are hungry, mouth watering…well come on then, put out the word, share this project with your friends and on your social networks so we can…

GET PLANTING ANGEL’S FRUIT FOREST IN 2015!

Cacao = Chocolate
Cacao = Chocolate
Star Fruit or Carambola
Star Fruit or Carambola
Peach Palm or Pejibaye on the tree
Peach Palm or Pejibaye on the tree
Mango
Mango
Guava or Guayaba
Guava or Guayaba
Passion Fruit or Maracuya
Passion Fruit or Maracuya
Soursop or Guanabana, some call it Graviola
Soursop or Guanabana, some call it Graviola

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Dec 20, 2014

GIVE {learning} For You

GIVE {nature}
GIVE {nature}

Since we still lack all of the funding for “Reforesting the Deforestation” and consequently have nothing to report I wanted to take this opportunity to give you a shout about the Year End Campaign we’ve been working so diligently on. You may not know about our beautiful Facebook page where you will find great information on how your donations are working to make a HUGE difference in the world on many different fronts.

Rather than just ask people to GIVE donations my colleague Gretchen and I decided to make the Year End Campaign a way we can GIVE back to you. We wanted to focus on all the different facets of LRFF’s work so each week we talk about one, like GIVE {nature}, GIVE {education}…etc. You can see each of the weekly “postcards” attached to this progress report. 

We’ve finished this weeks focus on the environmental education programs LRFF has implemented in the past 5 years and next week we will be posting and talking about GIVE {air}. You can see all of the posts here, so if you’d like to learn more about how your generosity is making a difference please check out our Facebook page and like us.

For the Year End bonus campaign at GlobalGiving we have been directing people to another project we have posted there, “It’s For The Monkeys and 60 School Children”. It’s a smaller project budget wise and area as well so we prioritized it to see if we could get it funded and also win the bonus prize GG is awarding. This month we received a call from a young man and his father who are interested in taking the project as their own and fundraise at the son’s school to come up with the balance needed to plant the project. Not only that but the students (5) will come down to La Reserva with their parents to help plant the project.

LRFF's new website also went live this month and we are very proud of it, go check it out. http://lrff.org

Hope your holiday season is FULL joy and that you have much success in the coming year. Thank you for supporting us throughout 2014. Bless. 

LET’S GET PLANTING!

GIVE {education} = Give the Future
GIVE {education} = Give the Future
GIVE {air}
GIVE {air}
GIVE {jobs}
GIVE {jobs}

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Dec 15, 2014

Important News

School children @ Delicias in July 2014
School children @ Delicias in July 2014

Dear GlobalGiving Donors,

I am sending this email out to all donors who made a contribution to the project: Engaging Minds, Inspiring Youth. It has recently come to our attention the project is no longer available to reforest with the school Jardín de los Niños. Through miscommunication between the landowner and LRFF over timelines and expectations, the landowner declined to participate further. This is an unfortunate situation since we worked hard at building the project and relationship with the participants. We also highly regard every donation you make and strive to use your contributions in a way that fulfills the intent of the gift.

However there is good news! We have another project in the works that needs to be funded: It’s for the Monkeys and 60 School Children. This project works with another school in the small village of Delicias de Upala, where the kids will reforest 1.5 hectares (3.75 acres) of forest which connects to an adjacent project planted earlier this year (2014). The adjacency of this project will expand the benefits of the last project by creating more continuous habitat for local wildlife. It also gives the children an opportunity to work on a reforestation project from beginning to end. If all of the donations from Engaging Minds, Inspiring Youth transfer to It’s for the Monkeys and 60 School Children project we will be a third of the way towards funding it.

We hope you all find this new project a great educational opportunity for another community as we work towards reclaiming the land for forests and wildlife. Please visit the project page for It’s for the Monkeys and 60 School Children to find out more information from reports and pictures at our last planting near the proposed site. Thank you for understanding and all of us here at La Reserva Forest Foundation appreciate the support and generosity of our donors and volunteers.

Let’s Keep Planting!

 

Sincerely,

Roberta Ward Smiley

Founder and Executive Director 

&

Matthew Lee

Board President- LRFF US

Passing out trees to students in Delicias, July
Passing out trees to students in Delicias, July
The new property where the trees will be planted
The new property where the trees will be planted
Giving jobs tol community members and butterflies
Giving jobs tol community members and butterflies

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