Reforestation Progam

At Tuqtuquilal we believe that there are never enough trees.

As we know very well, trees play one of the most important roles in the world ecosystem and in helping keep at bay climate change..

Trees provide us with food, oxygen, & resources, they prevent erosion, they host an incredible amount of biodiversity (animals, insects, other plants, fungus, etc...). They also create the shade we need so much and are amazing to look at.

So if like us you feel we should orientate our focus into reforestation instead of relentlessly chopping down every forest we find.... make a regenerative donation, creating life from your generostity

The Problem

 

Here in the valley of Lanquin in Guatemala, we can very sadly watch the amount of jungle being reduced each year to make space for more corn fields and construction. 

 

 The removal of trees is creating many problems. Soil erosion increases, leading to soil deplenishment, and increased flooding,  underground water reserves drain, animals migrate and dissappear and world temperatures will keep increasing.

HELP US PREVENT THIS INSANITY!

We would love to keep planting more and more trees on a daily basis and dedicate one or 2 workers specifically for that purpose, offering them a very meaningful job and something that will help the entire community for generations.

For that we need small funding to pay for salary and tree seedlings (we produce many on site but not always enough).

The Solution :

Planting more trees!!!

It is pretty simple.... We ask for a $ 10 donation which helps cover a salary for one local worker as well as the tree & planting.

That way you invest your money in both agricultural and social permaculture.

 

Thank you so much!

 

After we receive a donation, the tree will usually be planted in between 1 and 15 days .

We also make sure to plant the correct way. Respecting the natural cycle of the moon and seasons so it is also possible that we plant the tree a few weeks after your donation but it will not be forgotten!

When your tree is planted, you will receive an email including some pictures of it and a certificate from us.

We will then update you once a year and give some news and pictures of your new friend. You are welcome to give it a name if you want!

Choose Your Tree

We offer you to choose among those trees.

Feel free to read about them and feel which one sound the best to you.

In truth, they are all very useful in a way or another :)

 

COPAL

One of the most sacred and traditional tree of Central America

The Copal resin is a powerful healer and purifier, with the power to transmute negative energy. Copal aids in physical, mental, and spiritual healing, and environmental clearing.

 

The life force within Copal is said to promote fertility, as it is the life force and “blood” of the tree, which makes it a good incense to burn for birthing ceremonies.

We use the copal in our cooperative to craft various products like essential oil or incenses.

Local women harvesting copal

 

CACAO

At least 10 million years old, a treasure of Mesoamerica,  super food, medicine and delicious treat....

Once food of the gods and nowadays an undervalued treasure for the entire world.

Cacao is not only one of the healthiest food in the world, it's also the main ingredient to make one of the most popular treats humanity has ever discovered :

CHOCOLATE!

Our Criollo Cacao trees comes from the beautiful and luxuriant jungle of Guatemala and are some of the highest quality originated from Guatemala. Most cacao trees in this area  are beautiful ancestral hybrids producing some of the most delicious cacao you can find in the world.

The tree itself is a wonderful sub.canopy species that keep its leaves all year providing wonderful shelter for a large range of animal as well as creating shade for ground species and feeding the soil constantly with dead leaves.

The trees will take 3 to 5 years to reach maturity and will need the help of taller shade trees like Madre Cacao or Plantain.

Cacao tree

Fresh cacao harvest

 

MADRE CACAO

One of the most remarquable leguminous trees growing around here.

It is a very sturdy tree capable of growing in almost any kind of damaged soil. It grows very quickly and go tall while spreading wide offering it's shade to sub-canopy species and lots of falling leaves for the soil to build up.

It is very often use to prepare a new cacao field as the cacao tree need shade to grow and that is where it took his name from : Madre de Cacao (cacao mother).

It is also a strong nitrogen fixer and very useful in construction as well.

Madre cacao leaves

 

PLANTAIN

Even though Plantain is a grass and not a tree. We decided to offer it here anyway as it is a fantastic and very useful crop.

It is a quick growing crop that produce very sustainable food (ripe plantain is rich in vitamins, fibers, antioxydants, etc...) while the unripe plantain is lower in sugar, more starchy and allow the production of flour.

The plantain leaves have also many use (for the fermentation of cacao or mulching for exemple) as well as its "trunk" (which is a wonderful resource for many permaculture applications).

It also grows pretty tall and therefore create very useful shade

Plantain tree

 

OAK

Probably the most loved trees in the world, and with good reason.

It’s a symbol of strength, morale, resistance and knowledge. 

The oak is considered a cosmic storehouse of wisdom embodied in its towering strength.

It grows slowly, but surely at its own rate. Oak is often associated with honor, nobility, and wisdom as well thanks to its size and longevity. 

Symbolism aside, Oak trees are important for a number of reasons.

It’s a long-lived tree which can live more than 1000 years and have multiple uses:

the boiled bark has therapeutic properties.

Its fruit (acorn) is used to feed livestock and in times of shortage has also been used for human consumption.

Amazing for any kind of construction or craft. For both practical purpose or art.

Oak trees can easily live for centuries

Oak tree

 

CEDAR

Another wonderful tropical permaculture pioneer specie and valuable timberwood.

Cedar is a beautiful hardwood largely use in construction all over the world.

Cedar tree

 

MAHOGANY / CAOBA

Relatively fast growing. Caoba is a very good hard wood.

Very useful and valuable as construction material, its high stature and strong roots makes it very helpful to create a top canopy roof and help prevent erosion as well as cutting down undesired winds

Mahogany tree

 

BAMBOU

Another tree which is in fact a grass... bambou is another wonder of nature.

Relatively fast growing and with a really strong root system, bambou can be use to prevent erosion or create natural fences.

It grows really tall and provide a very nice a fresh shade as well as covering the ground with its ever falling leaves.

Needless to say it is one of the most amazing and versatile construction material we can use in the jungle so we would never have too much of it!

Green bambou

 

TEK

One of the most looked after hard wood of the world.

 

That beautiful tree is a long term valuable crop that might take a while to grow up but will provide considerable payback in the future.

Tek tree

 

COCONUT

And the last but not the least...

 

World superstar...

 

The coconut tree needs no introduction!


It is resilient, slow growing but carries high yield of fruits when mature:

The flesh and water content of the coconut are delicious and nutritious but most importantly allows the production of coconut oil.

One of the nicest oil to use for any application.

Coconut tree

 

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