Already with the 23/24 planting season in mind, our team is continuing to grow many seedlings in the BJF nursery.
We are starting early this year to ensure that we are able to plant as many trees as possible in the next planting season. At the end of 2022, when we were at the peak of the 2022/2023 planting season, we started searching for native seeds of species that we did not already include in our ecological restoration activities. So far, we already have over 1500 kilograms of purchased seeds!
Thanks to the Araguaia Seed Network and some o four partner organisations and collectives, we are always on the lookout for native species to use in our project!
The BJF nursery at full speed
With the seeds in our hands, we are able to start producing seedlings. To ensure the growth of these seeds, our nursery team first sowed recalcitrant seeds, including: ingá-peludo, cafezinho, sombreiro, pau-preto and cupuaçu.
Afterwards, the team started sowing orthodox seeds – which can be stored for longer periods of time.
Learning with new species of seeds
At the start of this year, our team went out in search of some more species to add to our nursery’s seedling production. We found 7 different species that grow in flooded regions of the Araguaia Region. These can be used in our ecological restoration activities and will increase the biodiversity of our restoration sites!
Finding these new species has been a great learning opportunity for our team. Over the past months, our seedling production analyst, Norivânia Diniz, has dedicated herself to getting to know how these species behave. Norivânia is determined to improve our restoration activities and continue to produce high quality seedlings for the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor!
The wonderful results seen in the BJF Nursery were made possible by the combined efforts of the Araguaia Seed Network, providing us with a large number of seeds, and our nursery team, who work hard to grow resilient seedlings for our restoration sites.