Follow-up with the Rancho Quemado community
What happens to a group of trainees once our workshops end? Three months after the first analog forestry workshop with the community of Rancho Quemado in the Osa Peninsula, the IAFN team paid a follow-up visit in order to see how the participants have been advancing with the method, and to work on the designs that were developed in the workshop. They also looked into the progress of the community nursery. Over a couple of days, we were able to see that the community remains interested, in spite of the difficulties encountered in dedicating time to their analog forestry plots. The nursery has become a constant source of plant material that benefits and informs the designs that we hope to see involve more members of the community.
In addition, due to the high rate of germination of some species, the nursery carried out a donation of seedling trees to the high school in La Palma, which is carrying out a community reforestation project, which we hope is the beginning of a greater exchange network.
Photo credit: Kitty Garden