Dear <<First Name>>,

Spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere and thus the time to till and prepare the vegetable garden for the first crops of the year. The time has also come for us to prepare the substrate for our upcoming 2023 projects.
Our proposal for an environmental education program focused on the sustainable management of water resources has been accepted by the sponsor Piano Giovani di Zona della Piana Rotaliana (Trento, Italy) and will be implemented by creating networks between schools, youth associations, universities and environmental protection public agencies. 
Meanwhile in the southern hemisphere, our "Agrecol Trees" project has been renewed. Besides checking the condition of all 134 trees planted in 2021-2022 in eight different communities, we bought and distributed an additional 20 seedlings in the town of Saltivañez (Cochabamba, Bolivia).

Agercol Trees

Fresh news from Cochabamba

Each of our agroecological trees is linked to two names: a Bolivian tree guardian and a European tree guardian. Both are key pillars for the success of the project. Giving financial support for the purchase and planting of a fruit tree is equivalent to the work put into its care over the years. Planting a tree and keeping it healthy for several years while meeting the requirements of agroecological certification is not easy. It takes patience, perseverance and some farming skills.
During our inspections to check the tree growth and the presence of diseases, we started teaching some farming practices to the community members, such as pruning techniques. Some young plants in their second year are already large and need to be pruned to maintain a good balance between the vegetative and fruiting portions.

Water shortages in Cochabamba (nearly 50 days of drought) have caused the death of many avocado seedlings whereas lemons and cherimoyas have held up much better. In an environment subject to radical climatic events and sudden changes, we are also learning to adapt our project design to the new local conditions. Each dried-out tree seedling will be replaced with a more resilient one, and we are considering planting new species, such as apple, peach, and pomegranate, and new lemon cultivars to meet the demand of producers and the Bolivian market. Agroecology is not only environmental but also social. A strong agroecology listens to the demands of community members and evolves through the social dynamics of the group

To continue to support the initiative, buy another tree from our page or make one of your friends a new agroecological tree guardian!

Buy an agroecological tree

GreenMarked Blog

Here’s a list of our February articles!  

  1. Plants Know Their Way Forward: Alpine Species Migrate to Escape Environmental Changes (Matteo Gecchelin. February 23)
  2. Brazil's Transversal Approach for the Environment (Sarah Santos Ferreira. February 13)
  3. The Bark Beetle: A Threat for Trentino’s Forests (Barbara Centis. February 04)

Spring is prep time not only for gardens and plants. Our other initiatives - our Blog and Social Media Detox - are also under planning. Updates in the next newsletter!

Cheers from the GreenMarked Team!

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