One Honduran participant farmer in El Tule, Santa Barbara has begun to reforest his farm one row at a time.
Every afternoon Don Jesus carefully packs a dozen tree seedlings from the community tree nursery on the back of his horse. He leads the horse out to his farm with his children, where they run a piece of twine from one end of the farm to the next. Then they follow the line, carefully planting the seedlings along the contours of the slope. Each week, these rows fill in more of the open space of the farm and begin reforesting the area.
The family knows that the trees will not grow in a day or a week. According to Don Jesus, he plants these trees for his children.
"I carry out this work not only so that they will learn to work in an organized and sustainable fashion," he explains, "but also so that in 10 years they will live in a healthy environment and have alternative income generating opportunities."
Photo left: Don Jesus' daughter, Nayeli, guiding their horse loaded with tree seedlings.
*Special thanks to Trinidad Conservation Project for sponsoring SHI's work in El Tule.