March 2016
IAFN representatives visit restoration site Los Cipreses
Greetings from Northern California fellow Analog Forestry practitioners and network friends. We are pleased to bring you the first bulletin of 2016! In our efforts to keep you all informed and engaged, we are experimenting with a new, shorter formatted monthly bulletin.
 
I just recently visited Costa Rica and got to see our Urban Restoration project at Los Cipreses in San José.  A wonderful project that is engaging the community and especially the children who are enthusiastically planting trees and hand watering the plants where needed. We also stayed for a few days at the Centro de Capacitación Bosques Análogos CCBA, which has been named as one of the top five most sustainable farms in Costa Rica!
 
Thanks to all who are participating in this important mission; the planet is a better place because of the tree-based communities you are establishing. We invite you all to participate with articles, comments and photos. To contribute to the bulletin please contact info@analogforestry.org for more information.
 
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For the Earth,
Grover Stock
Chairperson

Reflections on training workshops at Fila Marucha, Costa Rica

For too long, "productivity" has been understood as agricultural fields of monocultures or extensive livestock pastures, while the forest is considered a non-productive area. In a world with severe environmental problems, the need arises for implementing changes and alternatives: the restoration of forests is a good place to start.
The Fila Marucha Farm, in Londres, Quepos is home to the Analog Forestry Training Center Centro de Capacitacion Bosques Analogos in Costa Rica. For the past 30 years, this forest is proof that it is possible to restore the land, cultivate the forest and be a gathering place to receive trainings on using Analog Forestry (AF) designs.
November 2015 workshop at Fila Marucha (Credit: Karina Aguilar)
Producers of Bolivia launch an innovative agroecological identity seal
The Agroecological Identity Seal visibilizes organic producers and recognizes their efforts, while providing them an identity in the market and among consumers. 
The seal seeks to contribute to food sovereignty and security as well as to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, where forests play the most important role.
IAFN supports the first three organizations and family businesses that received the seal during the month of March and our partner, PROBIOMA, drivers of this valuable effort in benefit of producers, the ecosystems and food sovereignty.

News from the Baracoa Agroforestry Experimental Station in Cuba

Restoration work at the Agroforestry Station of Baracoa focuses on recovering a 6 km strip of the Sabanilla River basin from the town of Paso de Cuba to Los Hoyos, contributing to the ecological restoration of four sites integrating Analog Forestry management techniques.

The members of the team include: Dr. C. Wilmer Toirac Arguelle, Dr. Orlidia Hechavarr√≠a Kindelán, Technicians Eider Suárez and Victor Fuentes.

earn about the design of this project
 
Cooper Hawk (Credit: Esteban Bekins)
 
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