I'm a little irked by the online virtual tree planting service I use. They haven't planted two trees I bought over a year ago.
I was wondering if there was anyone out there that fits this profile:
-Lives in the tropics or sub-tropics.
-Is an individual, a family, a group, or a small farm
-Plants trees and has access to either seeds or inexpensive saplings.
-Wants to plant more trees and access to enough land to do so.
-Wants about 100 dollars a year to plant trees for me over e-mail.
-Can send me a "certificate" (even a jpg or a word doc) and a pic of the trees I planted.
I'd like to invest in a (food) forest in the tropics and I'd like to build a relationship with someone who can help me and my friends do that. We like to give gifts of trees, and we want to see them planted and we want to be more agressive in giving to the land. We could even auction off a certificate for a bigger quantity of trees at events we go to. Let's say that around 100$ is probably the beginning, because I can personally commit to that. If the thing gets rolling and the relationship is good, I could be a conduit for more money.
Generally speaking in the tropics, to plant a tree costs (outside of the land) about 1 dollar for the seedling (not in bulk, that is much cheaper) and 3 dollars to prep the land - but this is removing brush, fixing fences, making roads for access. After that, it is about 1 dollar a tree per year for care, roughly. This includes cleaning around the tree.
If you have an existing plantation, like we do, to plant a new tree is... nothing. The natural ones self generate. You would have to chop them down. We do thin them out.
We do plant trees - all the time. We used to do it for others, as an investment. We have about 900 acres, but there are still corners where we can wedge in a few thousand I am sure, if they aren't for harvest (this would be near streams, rivers, springs, etc)
What kind of trees are you thinking of - just food forest types?
We live in the tropics, we have been here for 7.5 years or so, with business here for about 10 years. I plant trees just about every day, probably 10 to 100 a week, easily, just myself. Right now, I am planting a lot of cacao (think chocolate).
Our long term plan (which is well on its way) is to convert all the plantations into sustainable forest, which include a mix of timber trees and food trees.
Our project is family owned, but we have a small community which grows food together, as well as works for us. Some live on the plantations (we have something like eight homes) but others live on their own properties and come to work.
Sustainable Plantations and Agroforestry in Costa Rica