The second round has been completed. The second crowdfunding target has been met.
Caesar, Sergio, Hector, Víctor Jr., Ernesto and José now have their own food forests, on their own land, in their Mayan community of Tatín Village, Guatemala, (as do Don Carlos, Higinio and Victor of Round 1)....
[UPDATE] and so do Jimenda, Ana and Rosa, the first three "Women's Project" recipients!
All thanks to your support.
Completed work includes:
- 900 fruit trees (mango, orange, lime, avacado and rambutan) and 2,700 support trees (namely Inga edulis) planted.
- 13.5 acres of chemical, erosive cornfield converted to regenerative, organic food forests.
- 17,715 feet (5.4km) of erosion-control Contour Lines .
- 21 locals employed and trained in contour lines methods.
Plus 1-year of ongoing support/training for all 9 existing sites (the three of Round 1, plus 6 of Round 2):
- Three maintenance cleanings completed, all done by machete (instead of the previously-used herbicide), labor also paid for by this campaign.
- All fruit trees pruned, tools and training also provided by this campaign.
- Organic pesticides/fungicides delivered to the three project owners, along with backpack sprayers.
Plus the first three sites of the Women's Projects, which includes:
-1,500 pineapple, 300 plantain and 300 cassava.
-9 women employed and trained.
-3 acres converted.
DONE. All thanks to your donations, for which these guys couldn't be more grateful, as they keep repeating. All this covered by our second target of $9,477...
...which we surpassed in 141 days, with trending status on GoFundMe, 418 shares, and 101 sponsors including the GoFundMe team itself. That's only 101 people, who gave anywhere from $5 to $666, to make all this possible.
Most inspiring of all, meeting a second target has instilled more hope, as well as the interest, in continuing to expand these projects.
Now we begin Round Three.
Following the success of the first two rounds, we will begin planning and crowdfunding the third round of food forests for Tatín Village. We've expanded the target to $15,851 and will continue with this same GoFundMe page.
Round 3 will continue the same methods and fruit trees (specific cultivars chosen by the project recipients), more than doubling the current project area. This third round, 12 more sites will be planted, with 1,200 more fruit trees and 2,700 support trees... for a grand total:
-providing 21 projects for 21 families
-planting 2,100 fruit trees and 6,300 support trees,
-converting 31.5 acres to agroforestry systems, and
-training/employing 45 locals...
ALL included in this campaign's total target.
For Round 3 coming in June, the twelve owners will be Martin, Pedro Isaias, Ricardo, Raul, Johnny, Augitio, Juan, Gabriel, Abelino, Arnoldo and Mario, also of Tatín Village. These were the men the community chose to participate and work installing Round 2 in November...
And just as the owners of Round 2 invited and trained these twelve men, now these twelve owners of Round 3 will invite and train 24 new men, who will one day be eligible for their own projects of Round 4.
Thusly, the projects expand; the contour lines continue.
The target amount will cover everything — the 1,200 seedlings, 120 man-days of labor for 24 workers (i.e. trainees), 12 nurseries for companion plants, and 1 year of training/equipment for maintaining, pruning, and spraying of organic pesticides/fungicides on 12 new sites (plus all that for the existing 9 sites, included in the same target).
[see the Budget for Round 3 ]
Unlike at the Don Adolfo Pilot Project , our nonprofit (Contour Lines Corp. ) retains zero rights to the land, produce or income. Our role is strictly securing funds, training and providing any extension services as needed, while local community members retain full rights and incomes as it is their land. (The website also has a link to the contract they signed.)
The benefits of these projects span the economic-environmental-social trifecta.
Economically, the agricultural produce— both the fruit trees and the early succession crops (cassava, sweet potato, banana) planted between — will provide diversified income far greater than the current subsistence maize. The produce also has value-added potential, such as juices, jams or chips, processing of which is part of our long-term assistance plan, all of which provide employment/training opportunities.
Ecologically, these agroforestry systems will replace the chemical, high-erosion, slash-and-burn corn monocultures. Increased carbon sequestration, air and water purification, soil conservation, biodiversity and wildlife habitat are among the benefits of this ecological restoration. By providing greater income as well as food and firewood more efficiently, these systems also displace the need to slash and burn wider areas of rainforest to grow corn for survival.
Socially, these three pilot projects serve as educational sites — sources of inspiration and an expanding consciousness in sustainability throughout the community. For instance, the 6 worker-trainees employed during this round of projects will have priority as project recipients during the next round in December, which will have 12 new workers, and so on. Another benefit of producing local, organic food is to replace the tendency to import unhealthy, processed foods like chips and soda. This would reduce garbage in the landscape while increasing health, economic independence, and cultural pride.
All these benefits made possible by only 101 donors—that's only 1 hours of cars through a McDonanald's drive thru, only 0.00008% of the US population—who gave anywhere from $5 to $666. Only 101 donors made possible the 9 sites, the 900 fruit trees and the 12 worker-trainees of Round 2. So let's continue donating and sharing the campaign, and we will easily make the 12 sites and 1200 fruit trees of Round 3 a reality.
For more about our work, visit the Contour Lines Corp Website , and
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To show our appreciation, we're offering rewards exclusively to donors based on amount donated:
$20 or more - Choice of three grafted fruit trees (tropical) from our tree expert, Dwight, at Frutas del Mundo .
$50 or more - A two-day guided farm tour of agroecological project sites throughout the greater Livingston area.
$100 or more - A three-night homestay in the Mayan community of Plan Grande Tatín where the projects take place.
Special thanks to:
Arnoldo Ax Chun and Samuel Coc of Apro-Sarstun
Dwight Carter of Frutas Del Mundo
Juan Pablo Martinez and Ulysses Milhose of Wubu
Nicte Milhose of Migliozzi Estudio
Thomas Leonard of Contour Lines Corp.
All the worker/owner and trainee/teachers of Tatin Village, Guatemala
And last but not least, all of you wonderful donors.
- Jai Mirchandani
- Samuel Johnson
- Gavin Mounsey