Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms

by Community Carbon Trees- Costa RIca
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Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Plant 30,000 native trees Costa Rican owned farms
Yale International Tropical Forestry School
Yale International Tropical Forestry School

The International Tropical Forestry Conference at Yale University was inspiring and educational as ever. This year Tree Jenny our founder and tireless leader attended the Yale ISTF 2019 as a Breakout Session educator giving a 2 hour interactive talk about transgression and disturbance of the forest and how we can create resilient forest communities in the face of these destructive times. With real time videos documenting conversations of people both in Costa Rica and Kenya discussing the drivers of deforestation, it is clear that poverty is the leading cause of deforestation. Our model of fair pay resolves this issue and inspires regeneration not only of local landscapes and ecosystems, but also of the family itself with income for both men and women being paid from the tree production, compost building and tree planting and maintenance activities. 

It is such a great experience when people managing small groups in other Equatorial countries ask us about our model and how they can use it too. More and more, people and institutions are recognizing that the answer to forest conservation and regeneration lies in empowering local communities and investing them with effective tools of self management. People from Nigeria ( Melechie and Marshall) and Malaysia ( Sitti) and even the Phillipines like Marta are ready to replicate our fair pay programs in their seriously threatened landscapes and communities. We met people from Kenya like Milka who are working to help their communities of Indigenous peoples stay in their lands and resist evictions for "conservation" reasons. We met other researchers from Kenya who are seriously excited to connect with us and learn from our program recently begun with the Maasai Center for Regenerative Pastoralism. 

The Costa Rican project continues to be the premier example of high growth rates for maximum carbon dioxide sequestration. We showed many videos of all the labor necessary to actually grow a tree to strong maturity approximately 4 years old and ready to brave the elements and give us all the benefits trees in the equatorial rainforest are so cherished for giving. Realizing that we can all give back to Mother earth and play a role in being part of effective solutions to climate change and land degradation and to flooding and droughts is incredibly heart warming.

For now, it is unfortunately clear that  international funding for tree planters is still a revolutionary idea and still tree planters are treated like slaves who have to work for free simply because they are so vulnerable and poor. When the internatioanal funding institutions realize that paying tree planters is basically tantamount to stopping deforestation, perhaps large scale change and regeneration will be easier. For now, it is still up to all of us to keep funding this endeavor while we continue to apply for grant funding with our paradigm changing model of fair pay for biodiverse community reforestation including men and women across the Equator.  Thank you our generous Tree Sponsors!!! 

Welcome to Yale ISTF 2019
Welcome to Yale ISTF 2019
New Tree friends from Nigeria
New Tree friends from Nigeria
Marta from the Phillipines
Marta from the Phillipines
Malaysia wants our fair pay tree planting model
Malaysia wants our fair pay tree planting model
Milka from Kenya Sengwer Community
Milka from Kenya Sengwer Community
Breakout Sessions shared  fascinating info
Breakout Sessions shared fascinating info
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Yeah The Tree Team has their VISAS in hand and we depart for Kenya Africa in 3 days....

We are replicating our community empowerment reforestation model with the MAASAI clans by golden invitation from  Dalmas Tiampati Director of Maasai Center for Regenerative Pastoralism. We are honored and humbled and ready to work. Our model is redy to replicate and innovate with pastoral grazing and solar water and cooking solutions to address the specific needs in an area plagued by drought and desertification. Having worked in Costa Rica for over 20 years, and after learnign many lessons and staying the course of dedication, we wanted to share our good news with our donors in Costa Rica nad draw your attention to our new project in Kenya. 


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Executive Director of Maasai Center for Regenerative Pastoralism

To donate to this visionary and pioneering project through Global Giving and receive a full US tax deduction, here is the link! 

https://globalgiving.org/projects/pay-maasai-clans-produce-plant-diverse-trees-kenya

Lots of special people are involved both in Costa Ric anad beyond to make this dream a reality. Thank you Elena Vargas Fonseca my Costa Rican collegue who has been pivotal in relicating the model to new communities and seeking international funding for our work in Costa Rica. Thank you to Franck St. Loubert for funding support and team support as we embark on this mission in Kenya!  Thank you Jessica Manley, Eduardo Hidalgo Cruz, Teresa Badilla, Alvaro Cerdas, Cristian Mena, Diana Saborio, Yedier Gamboa and all the workers who will continue with the work in Costa Rica while we are away....Thank you to Gabriel Hidlago our cinematographer who will be joing us the last two weeks to document our progress laying the foundations for solid ongoing work in Kenya and Costa Rica.


Elena Vargas and Jennifer Smith (Tree Jenny)

Jenny and Elena are packed and ready to go!! 

Our goals include: LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN and respond adequately with respect for cultural ways. Build resilience in an area often visited but usually forgotten in terms of long term community empowerment and afforestation. Engage with youth and elders who love trees. We will teach compost production as we always do right from the start... the secret is in the soil.... we will build a community tree nursery for production of biodiverse native species important to the area. We will go on a seed safari and establish seed collection networks and figure out where to plant the trees and who to plant them with fair pay... we will teach and build accounting and administration foundations for transparent and exact reporting about how we spend the money you so kindly and generously donate.
May I remind you... planting and growing trees is hard work. People should be paid to do it. Your donation is not "charity" in the typical sense... everyone will be working very diligently and many many of us work countless hours without being "paid" ... Together, we will connect with NGO's and the Kenya Forestry Service and become a positive FORCE for silvo pastoral afforestation in the region in such desperate need. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 In all these things...TRUST is our mantra ... Listen and Respond... good boundaries and clear direct non violent communication.
Stay in alignment...

 

 What about you? Who can hear us?

 

WE LOVE TREES!!!\
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Planting crew for week of September 3, 2018
Planting crew for week of September 3, 2018

We have been working hard with our new community project replication in San Jose de Rivas Costa Rica to plant 2500 more diverse rainforest trees on 7 different family farms. We "teach" farmers about mechanics of long term reforestation through the actual hands on work of touring their farms, designing the project, selecting species and doing the actual work of planting the trees to restore and regenerate their own deforested and degraded lands.

The energy is high and people are receiving techical assistance and fair pay for planting trees the first time in their lives. While it has not been easy to create and manage a collaborative model with over 7 families, and 35 new workers including women working in our new tree nursery in this community, we have finally arrived to a smooth understanding and level of growth within the project. Indeed, our work is about regrowing rainforest and fertile soils and protecting water for future generations for all the benefits it provides for all of us no matter where we live. But we cannot do this environmental restoration work without considering the social pressures that insure its success or failure.

Our holistic model addresses these social issues as well, which might be more difficult and important after all than even planting and growing the trees themselves. After all, changing the consciousness of people who previously only cut down trees through fair pay for every hour and accountability for every tree means that every tree  we plant now will be protected and accounted for over the long term. 

Thank you for your continued support of our long term work. We will continue to follow up every tree you sponsor and create sustainable jobs that grow resilient forest communities. Spetember 12, 2018 is BONUS day so please sponsor a tree and receive 2 trees for 1 thanks to our partnership with Global Giving!! 

Delivering trees for planting in family farm
Delivering trees for planting in family farm
New Tree Nursery 3 provides employment for women
New Tree Nursery 3 provides employment for women
Producing baby trees is a year round job
Producing baby trees is a year round job
Meet some of our dedicated paid tree planters
Meet some of our dedicated paid tree planters
Every tree is planted with follow up care
Every tree is planted with follow up care
Meet our strong community leader Eduardo
Meet our strong community leader Eduardo
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Delivery diverse trees produced by community
Delivery diverse trees produced by community

Real long term biodiverse reforestation on the Equator is a process that takes several years to grow a robust forest full of trees capable of surviving and and giving the benefits for which they are so cherished and even taken for granted. In our case, we make sure to pay local Costa Rican people working in our tree nurseries and in the deforested farms doing the important work of producing and planting and caring for more rainforest trees. In turn, communities become more aware of the benefits of planting trees as well as directly profit from the work. Regular maintenance of the trees gives families a constant income stream which they can use to better their lives. They can improve infrastructure in their homes and community  and even go so far as to start new small businesses and eco tourism projects to diversify opportunities for empowerment and build self esteem.  

An amazing example is the waterfall project supported by our organization by funding the planting and care of 3560 trees so far. These trees are still under paid maintenance and more than 12 different people are earning money as a result of the long term committment to care of the growing forest. The family owning the land shared by 4 brothers continues to add infrastructure to their amazing waterfall tourism project and each month that passes results in more people visiting the farm and  immersing themselves in nature. 

We are currently working on educational signs and info to include along the trails in order to draw people's attention to the trees that have been sponsored here by businesses and individuals alike. Replicating our work in new communities spreads the tree planting money around and each time we plant a new project and pay people to do the work for the first 4 years means more chances to fortify conservation of forests and build alliances for community awareness, resilience and cooperation. 

Planting trees with fairly paid men and women
Planting trees with fairly paid men and women
3 year old tree well managed with fair pay
3 year old tree well managed with fair pay
Paid Reforest work builds Eco tourism projects
Paid Reforest work builds Eco tourism projects
Growing healthy trees requires follow up labor
Growing healthy trees requires follow up labor
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Guapinol seed germinating
Guapinol seed germinating

One of the most educational and productive parts of our unique community reforestation model includes getting the surrounding community involved in our seed collection efforts. We achieve even higher biodiversity or selection of tree species through producing all kinds of native fruit and hardwood trees in our won community nurseries. This gives a chance to create even more jobs for the community and through fairly paid labor, encourage awareness about the importance of planting all kinds of trees instead of just monocultures or plantation lumber. The community begins to value the older trees for their seed stock and thereby protect them instead of cutting them down. 

Another important reason we like to seed collect and produce the baby trees ourselves involves sharing the awe and wonder of a germinating seed with school children of all ages. We have regular tree nursery events and attend schools and inspire everyone to look up and admite the older trees and value the seeds they produce. Its just so much fun to hit the "jackpot" when we are seed collecting and watch everyone sramble to collect Nature's gifts. Being invlolved in the whole process from start to finish is another way to inspire long term care and respect for the regenerating raonforests we plant. There is nothing quite like it and we love it. That's why our slogan " We LOVE TREES" resonates with so many people! They are marvelous and generous beings which may give thousands of seeds per year and with our help, perhaps we end up helping them continue to grace our planet with all the services trees on the Equator offer us. 

Thank you for your continued support of our work. Maybe someone you love wants a tree for a gift! Its a beautiful way to mark occasions and show our love. There are so many ways to give and we think rainforest trees do it best! 

Ceiba Pentandra seeds
Ceiba Pentandra seeds
Children giving baby trees a helping hand
Children giving baby trees a helping hand
Seed talks at local schools
Seed talks at local schools
COCOA or Chocolate seeds
COCOA or Chocolate seeds
Beautiful manglillo seeds
Beautiful manglillo seeds
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Location: Platanillo, Perez Zeledon - Costa Rica
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