Seed It Forward is an agroforestry initiative founded in 2015, led by an activEco-2014 alumna and a ClimateLaunchpad Moldova 2015 alumnus. The goal of the initiative is to “grow trees and people for a greener Moldova”. They do it with persistence, day by day, by planting and growing trees and other plants in different regions of the country, and sharing their passion and skills with other people, especially those ones who have never planted a tree in their life.
The main idea of the initiative, promoted through direct actions and inspiring examples, is that: Everybody can grow a healthy tree. Everybody can create a productive organic orchard. Everybody can plant a forest. Everybody can be part of the solution, not just part of the problem.
Seed It Forward's long-term projects include:
- Revitalization of a former landfill - continuous process since autumn 2015
- Planting orchards
- Planting protective belts along rivers
- Making first steps against severe land degradation process in Riscova village – since autumn 2016
- Solar food dehydrator (promotion of natural foods everyone can produce, and renewable energy)
- Open Tree Nursery – a place where people can plant various seeds together with Seed It Forward team, take care of them while they grow into seedlings and thus observe the life of trees from the very beginning.
- Carbon Footprint Offset project - raising awareness about our personal ecological footprint, offering precious tips on how to reduce the emissions, and showing the right path towards considering yourself eco-neutral, at least.
Highlights of 2017:
- 22 planting events with volunteers in 13 localities of Moldova, more than 5 plantings consulted, numerous monitoring and tree-caring visits
- Teambuildings as one of the new activities
- Multiple simultaneous events – thanks to a team of three main coordinators, Seed It Forward could be at several planting events in different parts of the country at once
- Co-organizing, with Eco-Village Moldova and EcoVisio as a whole, the program “ActiveOrganic” (February-November 2017) - promoting topics such as agroforestry, composting, natural plant protection, beekeeping, solar food dehydration etc.
- Co-organizing, with EcoVisio, the activEco Tree-Growing Challenge, and mentoring more than 10 planting initiatives all over Moldova
- Launching a new project-initiative, “Ask a Worm“, to promote urban composting and local products
- Over 335 people involved in practical activities (many of them more than one time)
- Over 3400 seedlings and over 3500 seeds planted
Since autumn 2015, more than 600 people have been directly involved, including alumni, participants and applicants of various programs implemented by EcoVisio. It would also not be possible without fruitful cooperation with local communities, especially youth, local authorities, local and international companies, organizations, volunteers and initiatives.