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Aug 30, 2019

BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE MAGIC OF NATURE

BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE MAGIC OF NATURE

As we mentioned in our last report, we recently received around 40 teachers and students from a neighbouring school for a fun-filled day of discovery and hiking here in the beautiful Atlantic Rainforest.

To prepare for the long walk we did a warm up activity, mimicking the behavior of animals and plants that live in the forest. 

After setting off, the group soon came across many natural treasures which they were asked to memorize. Both the children and the teachers entered the forest with curious excitement. The hike was fantastic, full of fun facts and curiosities such as a small caterpillar hanging by an invisible thread that floated above our heads like magic!

But nature is full of magic,  just like the small seeds that grow into entire forests that delight young and old alike, enabling endless opportunities to bring people together.

Speaking of people coming together, the highlight of this quarter was marked by partnering with FOREA - Regional Forum for Environmental Education, whose forums are extremely important in the process of transformation of environmental education in the Serra do Brigadeiro region.

Through the participation of this Forum, Iracambi trained 50 teachers in using sensory, hands-on methods to generate impactful learning outcomes. In the training workshops teachers realized that it is possible to connect classroom learning to environmental education in spaces within the neighborhood, community square and even in the school yard itself, making a real TRANSFORMATION in the lives of students.

Through the magic of nature, training and activities with the children in the forest, everybody wins. So to YOU dear donor, we say a massive THANK YOU for playing an indispensable role in our mission of Saving Forests and Transforming Lives!

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Aug 9, 2019

Integrated Chicken Coop and Vegetable Garden

Integrated Chicken Coop and Vegetable Garden 

The aim of this project designed by interns and students from the IF Rio Pomba Agroecology course, is to show how the cultivation of vegetables can be integrated with the rearing of birds (chickens).

In this case, the vegetable beds are positioned next to the chicken coop.

All "waste" from cleaning the garden (fallen leaves, weeds, etc.) are offered as food to the chickens.

When cleaning the chicken coop, the waste is collected (faeces), which serve as organic fertilizer for the garden.

With this system, a family living in rural areas can have, in a small space, an organic production of vegetables and also an organic source of meat and eggs (protein), all without the use of industrialized fertilizers.

The community-built project was a great success due to the dedication and energy from the students, They proved to be both proactive and creative, building the entire structure using reused materials.
Jun 4, 2019

The Seedlings of Success!

This is the seed of Urucum!
This is the seed of Urucum!

Dear Rainforest Guardians,

After the the record planting season in 2018, where we planted 6,000 seedlings we have now moved on to the next step, Monitoring!

Do you want to know how we are getting on?

Here in the Atlantic Rainforest it has rained more than usual, which has made our seedlings jump for joy!

We are currently visiting the properties in the community where we planted, recording information, such as: mortality, ant attacks, if the plants are being cared for (if not, why), if they require more organic fertilizer, need replanting, development, which species are developing or dying etc. Identifying and addressing any problems to give the seedlings the best chance of success!

We are only at the beginning of monitoring, so there is still a lot of data to collect and analyze. That said, we have already begun to identify some trends.

Of 5 properties we visited there are already some species that stand out such as: Guapuruvu and Adrago, which are seedlings that have adapted really well! (Look at the size of them! This Adrago, was planted in January and is bigger than me!)

You can also keep up with the planting progress via our map: Mapa ArcGIS

It has been so satisfying to visit the properties and see the growth of the seedlings, and witness the beginnings of new forest growth! We cannot begin to express the gratitude that we (the community, volunteers,the Atlantic Rainforest, fauna, flora) feel in being able to make a positive difference to the life of an individual, a family, a spring, a water course, to nature. All this has only been possible thanks to YOU, doing your part, believing in our work and contributing to our cause.

I cannot stress enough how much YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

I wish each and every one of you could visit us and see EVERYTHING that you have helped us achieve. Who knows, maybe you would like to come and give us a hand to plant the next round in Mid-October / November 2019?!

In addition to the good news that the seedlings are doing incredibly well, we have already started planning for this year’s planting.

We are at full force and feeling very inspired in 2019!

The nursery has recently had all its planting tables renovated, and Deivid, our main man in the nursery, has been working hard collecting and germinating many different kinds of seeds! (Let's see if you can guess the trees of the following seeds and seedlings!)

Incredibly, we already have 6,000-7,000 seedlings developing in the nursery for planting later this year!

We recently produced E.M (Efficient microorganisms) which are tiny bacterias and fungi that live naturally in fertile soils and in plants. They can be used in agriculture and animal husbandry and are extremely cost effective and easy to produce. There are several advantages in applying them, such as:

  • Increasing crop production;
  • Controlling spontaneous plants, diseases and pests;
  • Improving soil structure and quality;
  • Reducing the need to apply other fertilizers;
  • Working in conjunction with green fertilizers to aid in decompacting soil, increasing porosity and water infiltration;
  • They can be mixed with other organic fertilizers such as biofertilizers, compost and humus;
  • Composting organic matter to accelerate the preparation process of compost or biofertilizer.

We are applying E.M to our seedlings and organic compost in the nursery and have already seen fantastic results in terms of growth!

As you can see, time is flying here in the Rainforest and as it does we become more inspired, growing in both strength and numbers as more and more people join us in our efforts to reforest the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil!

Our eternal gratitude to each and every one of you!

With much love and gratitude, as always!

Arielle, Ecoleaders, Deivid, Team Iracambi, Volunteers, and of course the Atlantic Rainforest 

This is Adrago! It was planted in January 2019
This is Adrago! It was planted in January 2019
Guess what seeds are? It's the Abrigo de Macaco
Guess what seeds are? It's the Abrigo de Macaco
Volunteers planting Palmito Jussara!
Volunteers planting Palmito Jussara!
Effective microorganisms (EM)
Effective microorganisms (EM)
Effective microorganisms (EM)
Effective microorganisms (EM)
Maranhao chestnut growing in the field
Maranhao chestnut growing in the field
Urucum seedling in the reforestation
Urucum seedling in the reforestation

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