Helping People Plant Beautiful Forests
Regenerative agroforestry that cares for productive ecosystems
We are a regenerative initiative that longs to reforest the north of Portugal and Spain by proving that a forest can be ecologically sound as well as wildly productive.
By partnering with people driven to repair Earth, we help transform degraded lands into wild and flourishing forest communities. Where regenerative agroforestry builds soil, ecosystems resist wildfire, and people earn the economic freedom they need to care for their land.
We want to lower the threshold for what it takes to plant and manage forests, while allowing people to grab hold of their regenerative future.
We’re working towards a strong social web of interconnected people working and living towards regeneration. We’re developing strong ties with established organizations in the region, as well as helping fledgling projects take off.Mathijs de Bruin
I think the path we’re on, in terms of this climate emergency, needs millions of people to live closer to nature. With that in mind, I’m looking for people eager to wake up in the morning to plant and care for trees, and to empower them any way I can.Diego Reimondez
How You Can Get Involved
We’re always on the lookout for new projects to support. Yet to do that, we need financial aid. If you’d like to help, you can donate to us directly. Or you can browse the regenerative projects we already support on our partner page, and support them directly.
Apply for a Grant
Every year we try and discover a few deserving projects that are in need of a little kickstart. The economic burden of starting a forest can be too much for some projects. We’re hoping to lower the threshold for what it takes to plant regenerative forests.
Become a Partner
In order to build a strong network of projects we need strong partners! We’re on the lookout for organizations, invested in the regenerative future, and interested in joining forces. If you work with forests in any way, chances are we’d like to work together!
Develop Forest Initiatives
We want to help incubate beautiful projects where nature’s voice is respected, people can feel at home, and fauna can feel safe enough to get close and help us out.
Support the Network
We support a network of regenerative projects. Through consultancy and adaptable models of forestry, we’re eager to help people plant forests they can be confident will mature into the productive ecosystems they imagined.
Through the creation of open-source resources, courses, and other tools, we want to arm people with the knowledge, and support they need to plant their own forest, and be able to care for them into maturity.
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