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

During the holidays, our giving spirit shines. It feels so good to be generous and give without conditions. This is what rainforest trees do for us every single day. No matter where we live, trees grown within 10 degrees of the Equator are giving all of us the very breath of life. Because Equator trees grow so fast and big due to a 365 day growing season, they capture more carbon dioxide from the air than trees grown anywhere else. With all the environmental disasters around the planet these days, it is a wonderful feeling to know deep down that there really is a way to give back to the Earth and to each other by planting rainforest trees with fairly paid labor for the first four years of life for every tree we plant. All of our crew gives you a huge THANK YOU for the support you have shown us over the years. The trees are growing stronger and tall with every maintenance we give them. Here are a few pictures of our empowered workers, huge growing trees, and successful eco tourism projects, all results of your generosity. It's not too late to give someone a rainforest tree this holiday season and feel the spirit of generosity and hope. We love trees!

Project Leader Tree Jenny
Project Leader Tree Jenny
2.5 year old tree growing huge
2.5 year old tree growing huge
2.5 year old tree growing huge
2.5 year old tree growing huge
Alvaro Tree Nursery Manager Thanks you too!
Alvaro Tree Nursery Manager Thanks you too!
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Lydia Planting Trees
Lydia Planting Trees

Hello my name is Lydia  and I have been volunteering my time as an intern with Community Carbon Trees in Costa Rica for almost one month. I came here to learn more in depth about the model of ACCT and specifically how social and environmental issues are related and addressed. 

The founder of ACCT Jennifer is a powerhouse and because of her mentorship and being exposed to her life, what I have found out since being here has already surpassed my expectations. I can really see the dedication, strength, love and sacrifice that it takes. It really is a beautiful thing to witness the commitment of the organization and impact it has on a macro and micro scale.

I have meet a wide array of people and groups that have been involved in all aspects of the organization. From plastic companies looking to offest their carbon emmisions in huge reforestation projects, tree planters and caretakers working in extreme conditions, community leaders dedicated to lifting up the locals with a support system and families that have seen the tree planting model change their lives. While meeting with these groups of people, I also have been able to witness first hand what a bio diverse reforestation process looks like. 

Traveling for the first time to my homeland Guyana, S.A., I saw a glimpse into what an untouched rainforest looks like. Also seeing the deforestation from mulitple industries that has directly impacted local commuinites and the environment, something has ignited something inside of me. It is my goal and my vision to replicate and carry this model forward.  In the time that I have been here I am confident that moving forward in this experience will give me the knowledge and confidence to develop my skills.

Community Carbon Trees has touched my life and the lives of others and I hope these words have touched you in a way that you will be inspired to be a part of  this community with your support. 

Lydia with Community Leaders
Lydia with Community Leaders
Lydia working in the tree nursery
Lydia working in the tree nursery
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Scarlett macaws love the trees!
Scarlett macaws love the trees!

Have you sponsored a tree lately? It's Bonus Day Wednesday July 12 when GlobalGiving matches all doantions. So we are double excited to offer you 2 trees for 1 planted and cared for with our fairly paid communities of men and women working to regenerate the rainforest for the whole planet's wellbeing. It's planting season down in Costa Rica and our crews are busy chopping cattle grasses around trees we planted the last 4 years to insure robust healthy growth rates and success. Everytime our workers vist your trees, they get paid by your generous sponsorships. This relationship creates long term sustainable employment opportunities which means that vulnerable families living near rainforest no longer need to cut it down for income. 

Check out the trees gorwing at Eco Chontales waterfall project where we have planted and cared for over 3500 diverse trees.  Planting trees here has changed the vibe of this piece of land from a stinky, dead, dry,  itchy and hot cattle farm where herbicides and pesticides were used indiscriminately to a blooming, buzzing, shady, pleasant clean and green wonderland! Jose, one of the brothers who own this land is pictured here with his new shirt boasting the eco tourism waterfall tour project also supported by the salaries he and his brothers make planting and caring for the trees on their own land. They have added infrastructure to the land, and offer delicious lunches to tourists who visit to swim in the clean fresh waters and admire the beauty and health of the regnerating ecosystem.

It all starts with the rainforest trees. They serve as the motor that drives abundance and success, real change and sustainability to otherwise empoverished and desperate farmers struggling to make a living and conserve the forest. Building eco tourism projects with trees in the center is another positive impact that comes from sponsoring trees. Building win win win solutions with your sponsorships gives more and more people hope! Giving back to Mother Nature feels good. have you sponsored a tree lately? Wednesday July 12 is 2 for 1 day and GlobalGiving matches your donation! So set your alarms, get up early and show us your love and support as we keep working hard together to be the change we all want to see in the world ! 

Jose from Waterfall Eco Tourism Tree Project
Jose from Waterfall Eco Tourism Tree Project
Big strong 2 year old tree recently maintained
Big strong 2 year old tree recently maintained
Waterfall eco tourism with Trees in the Center
Waterfall eco tourism with Trees in the Center
Big Trees = Big Love
Big Trees = Big Love
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Luis inspecting baby tree maintenance
Luis inspecting baby tree maintenance

Team is the key to success! And it is no different with growing rainforest trees. So much work and collaboration goes into every single tree you sponsor. That's why we include production costs and follow up management and labor icosts for four full years after we plant your trees. Follow up care creates jobs for the community while insuring long term robust growth rates. Your tree sponsorships support our team and regenerate not only forests but also communities.

Meet an important member of our Tree Team, Costa Rican, Luis. He has worked with our organization since its inception in 2009 and even before. Luis regularly delivers truckloads of fertile soil compost made by our women's group for use in our tree nurseries. We purchase these sacks of soil from  the women which gives them a regular income easily made in their own backyards from common waste materials on their farms. Luis picks up the dirt from each of the participating ladies and transports to our nurseries for use in filling the tree bags. 

Luis is also an expert on tree health at all stages and delivers supplies like unfiltered molasses for spraying on the baby trees to keep them green and healthy. The molasses coats the leaves and helps keep the bugs away because they get sugar drunk. It really works and its an organic solution to avoid the use of harmful pesticides.

Luis transports workers to the various 31 fdifferent family farms participating with our organization. Because our workers are campesinos and most of them do not have their own vehicle, Luis' s role as a safe and responsible truck driver is incredibly important and useful. Plus, he is good at checking out the trees themselves making sure that the crews are doing an excellent job keeping vegetation and vines chopped and trees well tended. 

Thank you Sponsors! And Thank you Luis! We cannot save the rainforest without YOU! 

Luis unloading truck full of fertile compost
Luis unloading truck full of fertile compost
Luis delivers molasses to spray on baby trees
Luis delivers molasses to spray on baby trees
Jenny and Luis discuss tree maintenance
Jenny and Luis discuss tree maintenance
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Tree Jenny loves to share tree lovewith the kids!
Tree Jenny loves to share tree lovewith the kids!

Growing new rainforest trees with communities goes far beyond paying  the collaborating workers to plant and care for them on their own farms.  We have learned that real widespread community commitment and dedication is the only way to grow new forests that are protected long term.  If people connect with the trees we plant, they will value and protect them more. One way to establish connections with the community at large, especially children, is to host regular educational participatory events like Tree Day! 

People of all ages and nationalities come to our tree nurseries and put their hands in the dirt caring for each and every baby tree. Collecting the seeds from mature trees of more than 100 species is a way to help people value the existing rainforest.  Marveling at their beauty while preparing the seeds for germination is part of the fun. Everyone fills bags with fertile soil produced by our women's group and transplants the seedlings one by one. Watering and weeding in the nursery are constant needs.  Every tree needs a lot of care in the nursery over a 2 year period before being transported to a local participating farm for paid planting and long term active maintenance. The stronger and healthier the trees are in the nursery, the better our survival rates and carbon sequestration long term. 

Getting the extended community together for outdoor, hands-on educational experiences is always fun and rewarding. Seeing a child's eyes light up when they find a worm or eat a flower, or shovel in the dirt inspires us to keep creating these opportunities for people to connect with Nature and their own childlife wonder. Awe is a powerful motivator and the more we can connect people to Nature, the more people understand how resilient Nature can be. We can all be part of the solution to give Nature more tools to fight climate change while building resilient communities. Including the young ones in the process just sends more aware people into the world who love rainforest trees, understand what they do for us and   are ready to participate in real and meaningful ways. 

Filling tree bags with fertile soil!
Filling tree bags with fertile soil!
Adding fertile soil to tree bags for growth!
Adding fertile soil to tree bags for growth!
Rare h!ardwood tree seeds amaze us! Awe and WONDER
Rare h!ardwood tree seeds amaze us! Awe and WONDER
The smallest gifts by the littlest ones inspire us
The smallest gifts by the littlest ones inspire us
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Community Carbon Trees- Costa RIca

Location: Platanillo, Perez Zeledon - Costa Rica
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Jennifer Smith
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Platanillo, Costa Rica
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