Build a community tree nursery in Costa Rica

by ASIREA Asociacion para el desarrollo sostenible de la Region Atlantica
Build a community tree nursery in Costa Rica
Build a community tree nursery in Costa Rica
Build a community tree nursery in Costa Rica
Build a community tree nursery in Costa Rica
Build a community tree nursery in Costa Rica
Build a community tree nursery in Costa Rica
Build a community tree nursery in Costa Rica
Build a community tree nursery in Costa Rica
Our cooling off house
Our cooling off house

Hi everyone and thanks so much for just being there for us. We finally raised the $4206  of our goal of $3,000 to repair our nursery. 

Just yesterday we reached our goal and are so excited because now we can do the most important repairs and now, continue to grow. It's like a miracle, happening at the exact perfect time. 

From the beginning of the project we:

  • have already built the storage space and "cooling off" area for the people who work in the nursery- these were super urgent repairs.  
  • recovered (literally) the plastic roofing that had been blown off by rebuilding the metal structure and replacing it with bamboo and putting on new plastic. 

 Now we can open a new mother plant area to raise production with 2000 trees which in turn will produce thousands of new little plants all year round. We can create a new area to pack up plants because we hope to be able to export trees to other countries. 

And, also we add a new cause to our work: including the planting of native spacies in all of our plantations to create experience in the field with these species such as mahogany, cedar, etc. 

 All of this because of so many contributions. Some of them have been anonymous so we cannot thank you people directly, but from our hearts its a wonderful wonderful feeling to know that "out there" are people who care about our team, our communities and what we do. Just this truth gives us an important push to keep on trekking. 

So thank you- all the people who have supported our cause, including Global Giving who day by day has a great partnership wih us too. 

 Blessings to you all!

 

Jane Segleau and the ASIREA team

Hauling bamboo for reparations
Hauling bamboo for reparations
Putting the new plastic on the roof
Putting the new plastic on the roof
The buildings up and ready to go!
The buildings up and ready to go!
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Putting up new plastic roof
Putting up new plastic roof

Hi everyone. 

This year has brought us more people wanting to plant trees!  By now we are up to 45,000 trees and hope for many more. We are really  happy because doña Luz, a woman who was our star Tree Planter  of the Year is preparing her farm for 2,000 more trees and don Walter, has decided to keep on planting 6,500 more.

Our nursery has gone from falling down to going up again- an archeologist of the future will find ruined metal structures rebuilt with bamboo. The old plastic is holding up and today we put down new plastic on the roof. Its a hot day...but its a good one. 

We also added a mulch drying space, because we hope to convert discarded wood into mulch and protect soils from drying out. 

Check out the photos. Our growth and optimism is partly our own commitment to this cause and partly from your support thatt allows us to know we are not alone in our quest. Thank you on this bright, sunny day. 

Jane and the ASIREA team

Drying mulch from discarded wood
Drying mulch from discarded wood
Tree beds for trees
Tree beds for trees
Panoramic view of our growing nursery
Panoramic view of our growing nursery
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Hauling bamboo!
Hauling bamboo!

Hello everyone,

Hoping you are are well this new year and with great projects to enjoy!

Although- as you may have heard- Costa Rica was hard hit by hurricane Otto, we were very lucky and were not in its path so neither our nursery nor the farmers' plantations were affected. 

Our community nursery is at its yearly rest time. In December we stop production because normally it rains too much and too many saplings die from fungus attacks. Also our dry season is around the corner and farmers do not plant during this time. So we are totally dedicated to repairing the nursery structure and carefully replacing what we call "mother trees" which provide us with the small cuttings that will be tall trees in only seven years. Even so, in this last trimester we closed with a production of 7,500 saplings.  

We also continued the roofing that storms had destroyed in 2016 because we are hoping to have several good projects- maybe even send trees to other countries and support their reforestation projects!

We are optimistic this year, hoping for a higher demand of trees, although this depends on our national reforestation policies, which we hope to hear announced soon. Thank you all for supporting to this cause- ASIREA is recognized as a leader in agroforestry for farmers in Costa Rica, and truthfully, that is only possible because of so many people who really believe in people and the environment. 

A new reforestation, over 6,000 trees.
A new reforestation, over 6,000 trees.
First planted with casava, 3 year old trees.
First planted with casava, 3 year old trees.
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What was left of the structure after the tornado
What was left of the structure after the tornado

Hello everyone!

 

With the donations we had recieved ($627) we decided to go ahead and build even a smaller version of our much needed space to give the women who work there a place to get out of the terrible heat. This we achieved using our own trees and a local donation.  

Then a tornado came and destroyed half of our nursery, leaving the little trees exposed to the elements. Again we rallied volunteers and rebuilt a part of the nursery, using local materials (bamboo) and with a loan to buy the special plastic used.

We rebuilt part, but are desperatly in need of funds to finish this work!  

Climate change is real. Costa Rica is one of the countries most affected- our region is subject to torrential rains. ASIREA is absolutely commited to continueing our work. We have not given up- but this situation has led to lower production, making our mission even more difficult. 

Please, if you believe in planting trees at all, you donation-no matter how small- does count. Your contribution wil be seen in the reconstruction of the nursery of over 80,000 trees for 2017. Become a tree planter!  Donate to ASIREA! 

Nuria aand Jessica getting a new post ready
Nuria aand Jessica getting a new post ready
A volunteer from the local university helps
A volunteer from the local university helps
At the end of the day..and a few more to go!
At the end of the day..and a few more to go!
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New clients visit the nursery
New clients visit the nursery

Miracles are everyday work. The changes in our tree nursery were urgent. So even if we have only achieved $625 dollars of our real goal which is $2375 we still went ahead to build a space for the women who work in the nursery at temperatures that can go up to 104 F.  With the help of a local businesses, who donated some of the materiales, we were able to build the "casita" (little house).  We used our own melina trees for the structure, and part of the funds were used to pay the builder, and buy the materials that were not donated. 

We also were able to rebuild the structure where we keep the trees that are ready to be planted by farmers as you can see in the photos. 

To all our donors, our highest appreciation because you gave us the push to go ahead anyway!

Of course, there is al lot to do still- urgent repairs are still necesary: there are leaks in the roof that cause high humidity and more trees die becasue of this. The casita is not big enough to do some of the jobs, still done in the nursery.

The exciting news is that we may soon be selling trees to other countries...so expanding the nuesery has become more urgent than ever to be able to participate in this importan oportunity for ASIREA. 

So we have had a wonderful start and we hope more and more people can support this project which not only produces trees, but also helps the local economy through wood production and supports the environment by taking carbon out of the atmosphere. 


We work tree by tree to save the world. We appreciate you being part of our team!

The new casita YOU helped build
The new casita YOU helped build
New pick up area
New pick up area

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ASIREA Asociacion para el desarrollo sostenible de la Region Atlantica

Location: Guapiles - Costa Rica
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Project Leader:
jane segleau
Guapiles, Costa Rica

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