CEPRODEL, SosteNica, UNAN Leon, and the city of Norwalk, CT in conjuction with the city of Nagarote here in Nicaragua are colaborating in a reforestation project.  The idea is to provide thirty families that are all current CEPRODEL and SosteNica clients and have farmland along rivers in Nagarote with three manzanas of trees – one third trees for timber, one third fruit trees, and one third plantain trees, which technically aren´t trees but large plants, and are very profitable.  The idea is to reforest land along the rivers, protect the water and river banks, and provide some extra sources of income for the families.  This past week I went with Tito Anton, a professor from UNAN who works in a part of the biology department that has a huge selection of different plantain varieties, and Luis Rivas from CEPRODEL to visit a nursery here in Leon that sells fruit trees.  We looked at fifteen different kinds of citrus saplings, about three feet tall – sweet orange, sour orange, lemon, grapefruit – , tamarind trees, papaya trees, mangos and avacados.  For a three foot tall sapling that will start to produce fruit in a year or two: $1.  For the same size tree for timber: $0.75.  Of course it adds up – you can put 800 timber trees on one manzana.  There are alot of things about this project that excite me, and I´ll keep writing about it, but my first impression is, man, let´s reforest the whole damn country! It needs more shade!

Don Julio shows us a selection of citrus trees

Don Julio shows us a selection of citrus trees

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