Author archives: sfd-redactor

  • Welcome to the afforestation action!

  • They say Moldova is the poorest country in Europe in terms of money. We say Moldova is the poorest in terms of forests, barely 11.6% of the territory in comparison to European average of 33%. And while it is difficult for the common citizens to do something about the general economical state of their country, they – we – can certainly do something about the forests. Step forward and start planting trees! So we, EcoVisio Association and its initiative Seed it Forward, inspired by the initiative “Plantăm fapte bune in Romania” (“Planting good deeds”) from Romania and driven by our own hearts, plan to make our country more prosperous and its citizens happier by planting fruit forests. Combat [...]
  • Field work, or what can you do in a weed jungle

  • So, we have finally decided on which piece of Bubuieci land to concentrate our efforts, and so our next tasks include managing to transform it in such an area where planting trees can become possible. That means - doing something with the weed jungle. Some of them are as hard and tall as young trees or bushes. It's not quite easy to detach them from the ground... But once you do, they fly quite well. Fresh tea break - combining ginger and lemon with hot water. Incredible - the stuff you can find in a former landfill. But we need to get back to work. After some hours, there is some difference from where we have started - but there is still lots to d [...]
  • Visiting the lands with a forestry engineer - Solution

  • We are researching the “prescriptions” for the Bubueci parcels on a daily basis, analyzing precedents and speaking with various institutions that are engaged in the area of planting, such as national forestry agency. Quite a lot depends on their support, on the varieties of seedlings that they can offer, on the financial resources, on the attitude and involvement of local residents, as well as some other factors that we can or cannot influence. However, a milestone in this process was put with the help of an invaluable consultation of Constantin Gajim, who is the President of the Nut Growers Association of the Republic of Moldova, and also a forest engineer. Eroded slope Even [...]
  • Getting to know the land – the problem

  • Preparing for the planting day, we continue to deepen our knowledge about the village of Bubueci and the pieces of land whose life we are going to improve. Now, on the basis of several field visits, we can present them to you as well. So, under the agreement with the local authorities, we are authorized to explore four parcels of land. Those fields, brought together, can tell you all about some of the major problems a piece of land can face. One of these plots is on a side of the hill, suffering from landslides and strong erosion. The second one is a former landfill, presently covered with soil and weeds... …but not totally hidden. Or maybe it is still growing? [...]
  • Climb the magic tree

  • The world in which, the children grow like trees towards the sky - will understand their magic force, and not go by - a deforested land, without doing a thing. Or else, we'll stop seeing the sky. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSmaUPREKlU
  • Bokashi workshop

  • In one sunny September afternoon the "Zemstvei" museum of Chisinau hosted the first workshop on organic composting with the use of Bokashi bran in Moldova. It brought together not only Seed It Forward activists, but also other people willing to move to another level of responsibility for the products you consume and offer another life for the organic waste, which would otherwise get lost in all the stuff getting to the landfill - paper, plastic, chemicals, etc... The idea of organizing this workshop was born thanks to the initiative of an EVS volunteer, Liselotte Van Vliet from Netherlands. She has told us that her family, as well as other people from that community, are obliged to pay fo [...]
  • 10 facts about Bokashi you should know. Why it has to be in every kitchen?

  • Bokashi is a form of anaerobic fermentation used for pre-composting your food scraps, which then can be composted quickly and completely into nutrient-rich soil - humus. Bokashi removes bad odours and allows treatment of a larger variety of food wastes than conventional composting: you can add small bones, small amounts of meat, oils and cooked food that usually would attract rats and insects to the composting pile. The process of using Bokashi is quite simple, consisting of collecting food waste in a sealed container and adding a substrate inoculated with beneficial microorganisms. This substrate - "Bokashi bran" - can be bought or prepared at home from any carbon-rich material such as [...]
  • Can I change the world after reading this?

  • The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Nelson Henderson As many of us already know, our planet is facing some issues. Serious issues. The reason is quite simple, and it consists in the fact that the people who inhabit it are exploiting its resources without giving anything in return. More specifically, what we, as a human race give back, is pollutants in water, air and soil, and destruction of habitats. To keep it simple, we are actively digging our own hole, literally speaking. Even for those who are genuinely concerned for the environment is difficult to find viable solutions for the problems we hear about every day. A common question i [...]
  • The Oak tree (Quercus robur)

  • Highly appreciated for its longevity and extraordinary resistance, the Oak tree had become a symbol for various human civilizations since the early days. Naturally growing from the sea level, and reaching over 4000 meters in Himalaya mountains, the species of this tree adapted successfully in extremely diverse habitat conditions, starting from swamps and ending with the desert.  Its fruit, the acorn, represents a source of food for more than 200 species of animals. It takes 20 years for the first generation of seeds to develop, some species reaching 50 years for producing viable seeds. Just one in 10 000 seeds gets to germinate and develop into a massive tree. The oak tree is the [...]