Frequently asked questions
How do you work with the communities?
We are right now working with two families in one community. Our idea for this 2020-2021 is to start expanding the project to 10 families until we can grow for 2030 to 1000 families and to 2050 to 10.000 families! Step by step! Family by family - we are restoring lands and creating abundance with food security.
Do you pay farmers to plant trees?
Yes! We support the growth of their trees with economic compensation. We help them with working materials, tree nursery materials, and with an economic incentive to take care of their trees. We are working to develop an educational program for the farmers to be trained by experts in proper sagroforestry techniques to improve the traditional systems that they already have into a more syntropic and productive way. We do the best that we can to balance the project and create a fair share!
Who owns the trees?
The native communities own the land and so the planted trees. They are their benefits for the future. The harvests of fruits and veggies support the community and create food sovereignty and an economic income. 100% of this goes directly to the families. They are responsible to take care of their forest.
How do you know the trees are planted?
We are participating in 80% of the reforestations and accompany the sowing and the visual documentation. If it is not possible for us to be part, the reforestation partners are in charge of the sowing and nourishing the planted saplings. They will send us photos and updates of the trees. On our next visit, we will visit the trees and review them. We have full trust in the families we are working with.
After the sowing, we will keep you updated about the whole reforestation, the types of trees planted, as well as photos and video material via social media or newsletter, we will inform you about the sowing seasons and the timeframe, when your trees will be planted.
What does a planted tree cost?
What's the real price of air, water, medicine and all the other benefits that a tree produces? This value is up to you! We really believe that this is one of the most difficult questions, there is not a tangible answer for it, for us they don't have a price tag.
After some try and error experiences, we found a value that works in the best sustainable way and distributes between the local communities and us as well to sustain the project. It is not the cost of a tree, it is the cost of all the process and work behind of a planted tree.
We came to a conclusion of 3 to 4,0€ is what we need to do the work in affordable way and are distributed as follows starting from January 2021 after 4 years of independent and self-financed work and 1 year of stablishment (2020):
$0.50 One tree sapling to be grown at a nursery
$0.30 Ongoing maintenance of trees
$0.20 Material costs
$0.25 Film Media & Cultural Projects Fund (Docu-Series, Participatory video)
$1,00 Operating costs of the project to plant trees and do cultural work.
$0.30 Credit card processing fees, transaction costs.
$0.35 Tree fund
$0.10 Spread the word / adds
What is a Food Forest?
A Food Forest is an ancient method of securing food and mimic nature. It is the traditional indigenous way to grow food in policultives. We work to create a regenerative culture to change the way we produce food right now with monocultives and reforest our degraded lands at the same time. Trees play an important role in this, helping farmer families to improve their land, creating healthy soils (through nitrogen fixation), and productivity for abundance in crops, increasing water penetration into underground aquifers, and contribute improvements in the growing environment. This system provides a great biodiversity, helps the community and captures more CO2. Agroforestry combines trees into agriculture!
How do we get your fundings?
We started the project self-financed by its founders for the first 4 years. Since December 2019 we set up a crowdfunding campaign and started to receive the support of conscious donors! We are working hard to develop relationships with a diverse group of forest partners, changemakers, donors and members that join us and help us grow our program. The majority of the support comes from businesses that sponsor our projects and sowings. We receive support form socially and environmentally concerned individuals that follow us through our e-newsletter and social media.
We are applying for grants in environmental and cultural fields, let's hope that we get the first one soon!
When are the trees going to be planted?
The reforestation takes place twice a year in March and August. We will collect the growing trees from the tree nursery and plant them together with the local community in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. In between March and August, we are working on fundraisings, art projects, like documentary film, music for forest (soon), exhibitions and other cultural projects.
What kind of trees are we planting?
We grow a variety of fast-growing trees, thorny trees, fruit trees, and hardwoods to create the Food Forest and other specials trees for ecological restoration.
A few of our trees are: Higueron, Mastre, Roble, Caracoli, Guaimaro, Canei, Oak, Ceiba, Cacao, Banana, Papaya, Mango, Orange, Avocado, and more!
Can I visit a project?
Of course! To see first-hand the benefit of your contributions, please contact us at email@example.com. We will organize a site visit during our next sowings at the spots, there is also the opportunity to participate in the sowing and even better in an agroforestry workshop!
Can I offset my carbon?
We are not focused on the carbon offset certificate programs, what thrives us and hopefully, you, is that together we can give love to nature in form of trees.
Each grown tree sequesters an average of 25kg of carbon annually. Your contribution or business will do more than just offset carbon, it will grow food, helping to eliminate inequality and the risk of poverty.
How can I be more involved in the project?
Thanks! That is awesome! We are so happy that you want to become an active member of this forest family! Please check out our change-makers page for a few ways you can get more involved.
You can become an ambassador of the project too! Act now and be part of our movement giving love to the earth and the guardians of nature. Subscribe to our Youtube channel and spread the word with our documentaries, inspire-talks, music videos and media content to create awareness! Suscribe to our newsletter that has lots of interesting information about trees, environment, culture and ancient wisdom! Fundraising is another fun way to get involved and help the planet by sharing your passion with family and friends.
Do you have still an open question?
Please don't hesitate to contact us!