and Grow with us
Invest in LOTs
Be our think-tank
Become a farmer
Plant a tree with us
Entrust your unused land
you might discover more ways
Mateus Dornas, Ipê Amarelo, June 2017 Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Published with permission
Let’s Change Things
Get involved, wherever you are
Invest some Thoughts
Be our think-tank: feel free to comment on this project, on our words and methods. How can we improve this website? Can you come up with questions for the FAQ?
Please send your ideas and your questions.
visit us for an active sabatical or study-practice
Spend some time with us as a volunteer, plant a tree. Back to basics, immerse in the lifestyle.
Especially students in sustainable development are invited to come to research and/ or practice what they learned at the faculties of (for example): environmental sciences, conservation biology, ecology, agricultural engineering, agro-forestry, etc. There is a waiting list, but you can apply for the future. Lodging and the participation in chores resemble the WWOOF system (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)
You work part of the day in exchange for food and lodging. Chores can be anything like taking care of gardens, enriching soils, pruning, making new food forest beds, mulching, building fences, taking care of animals, cleaning your room and bathroom, assisting in preparing (vegetarian) meals and processing the harvests. Occasionally some painting or other house-renovation chores.
There is time to study and write your thesis/ scholarly report.
21 years of age, fit, vaccinated against rabies and yellow fever, driver’s license, good mood, loving animals (not bothering the mess they make), no fear of insects and other small wildlife.
You need high strong boots or leg-gaiters that protect against venomous snakes.
Traveling to Belo Horizonte from your town.
Entertainment of your own choice in the nearby village (or restaurant meals if you’d long to eat meat – 3 dollars buffet).
Soft drinks and alcohol if you like.
Travel insurance, Liability insurance, Health insurance.
Would come at hand:
Fluency in ONE of the following languages:
English, Dutch, German, Portuguese.
Write an email-application with motivation and Curriculum Vitae.
Invest a dollar or two
The project has already started on the land in possession. But next year (2019) we can expand when the Land Ownership Token (LOT) will launch.
Signup for updates, you’ll be the first to hear when LOT can be bought (and sold) at crypto-exchanges.
contribute as a developer
Develop our wallet, smart-contracts, and the hack-proof entering on a public ledger (Blockchain or DAG like the Iota Tangle)
Become a regenerative farmer
No land of your own? Want to commit to excellence? Exploding with energy?
At the moment we have a vacancy on our land in rural Brazil. Become a licensed Food Forest Farmer on tenancy land and infrastructure.
– The farmland and housing on site.
– A rent-less start-up period, = time for re-fertilizing the soil and educating yourself and those who will work with you.
– your work
– some savings to make it through until you can earn with the harvests. You are housed free, but still have living costs: energy, water, internet and telephone, food, equipment, insurances, car/ motor, traveling. And maybe when you’d like to stay a long time on the site, you’ll want to renovate the house. But consider: rural living is cheaper than living in a city. If you own a city apartment, it might be possible to live from the rent.
– Willingness to learn: even if you have a fresh diploma from the agricultural university, faculty of agro-forestry! Local circumstances always ask for extra learning. Maybe you need to follow some extra workshops with innovators. This will be on your own costs.
Only from the second harvest on you’ll start to pay a % of the net-profit to KORPOS, the company of ideals that make this all possible. The land and the buildings stay in possession of KORPOS and its’ shareholders (buyers of the Land Ownership Token).
The tenancy contract knows strict environmental rules and way of production rules. The institute that comes to audit depends on the climate, but could be for example the Rain forest Alliance
Send us an email with motivation and curriculum. Consider combining forces with like-minded friends to take up this project. We do not expect you to start alone.
Entrust your land
Do you own degraded land that you have no use for? We’d love to re-fertilize it into a productive plot, full of biodiversity.
Let’s devise a win-win-win plan.
The 3 wins are:
People you create employment and revenues in the local communities.
Planet you help to create life on the land again)
Profit when there was no use for the land anyhow, any revenue whatsoever is a win-situation for you.
‘Entrust your land’ can take many forms, e.g.
– you keep it in possession, but share in the profit of the eventual harvests. In this case KORPOS is only intermediate between a tenant-farmer and you as a landowner. The land will not be tokenized, but well cared for.
– you rent it to us for a fixed (fair) price, pegged to the original infertility of the plot. Idem
– you sell it to us for a fair price. the land will be tokenized as a new commons
– you grant/ donate it to nature through us. We will strictly only implement the methods of use shown in this website. Nature comes first. To obtain rich nature again, it is not simply a matter of putting a fence around a plot and leaving it alone. Humans have a role to play in bringing back bio-diversity and avoiding desertification and erosion. See the videos for examples.
start a food forest in your area
All over the world people start food forests and permaculture gardens on public wastelands, even in cities.
You can do that too!
'Read more' follows soon
Independently from us, go ahead, organize planting trees in your surroundings. The planet needs them. We all need them. They are our lungs, they clean the air, bring joy, more birds and even nuts and fruits.
Here are some examples:
Learn how to plant
The methods shown on this website deserve more students to spread the knowledge. Look up when and where to attend workshops..
– Follows soon –
When everybody joins in and does a little, we’ll have a powerful movement going, to break through the status quo and re-green the planet
Imagine a reality where you and every person on this planet could buy some meters of degraded farmland. Demanding the strict condition that it would be farmed in an ecological way.
It is possible when people buy collectively. Then leave it in the tenancy of innovative idealistic farmers. These would be audited by the public, e.g. through webcams and tracking technology on the produce.
Acquiring land collectively could be arranged by a crowdfunding with issuance of shares.
Second step would be to make those shares globally available through crypto-exchanges. Growth of the project could become immense.
Some people invest thoughts, others spend some time in practice, and some spend a few dollars. The power lies in numbers.
Forget about the 1% who should have solved our problems by now. We are with 7.5 billion problem solvers. So we can fix it.
Greenpeace started with one boat, no internet. We have started now with one plot of land + the internet of value.
It is hard work to get something going on degraded land, we sure can use a hand or two…
“to grow something you need soil and mulch. We had compacted dust”
“No moist entering the soil, no worms, hardly any mulch. Even the weeds (let’s call them pioneer plants) had a hard time to grow. We saw on our land the classic results of decades of destruction by traditional farming methods:
reminder about the destructive methods of traditional farming: ....
– No grazing management, simply let the cows roam everywhere all the time
– preparing for planting = slash & burn or kill with roundup
– Till deeply every season, leave the soil bare, being sterilized in the hot sun and drying wind
– let the naked soil wait for the heavy rains (to take the minerals downhill or pound on the soil to compact it)
– deforest even the hills, although they will erode faster
– Use fertilizers to compensate the loss of minerals
– plant in mono-culture, preferably with GMO seeds so you can spray more roundup against the weeds
– Get all trees and other natural habitat for birds and other insect-eaters out of the way. And then you have to defend your crops with pesticides against the bugs that come to you because they have nothing else to eat anymore in the surroundings.
“So we put sponges into the ground to grow mulch”
Well, not really, but we dug holes and ditches We filled them with pruned branches, foliage and cow dung, topping it off with some mulch of clipped grass and a handful of termites (Zai method). Then we waited for the rains and the termites to start the reviving.
It worked to stop the runoff of rainwater. The termites enthusiastically burrowed their little tunnels, so moist stayed in the ground. Now plants are growing again, see the sunflowers, without irrigation. Next rainy season we can use them as mulch to protect the soil of the tree-seedlings (Syntropy method).
Donna, CEO KORPOS
“Herbivores can fly over fences”
“I must have ‘planted’ more poles than trees by now! Countless times I have driven our goats and cows out of the new agro-forestry patches.
We renamed our cows the cowlephants. A ferocious appetite for seedlings. Fences do not seem to help. I surely could have used your assistance!
But we love them dearly. Not even thinking of putting them in a cramped compound.
Miguelangelo, CSO KORPOS
What Our Former Colleagues are Saying
“I worked 7 years for KORPOS, back in the days when it was a small company for natural skin care. The founders are fair and fun to work with. What struck me was that they made the most hours of everybody, doing management plus whatever duties needed, until late at night. Now in this new project I observe the same moral consistency, searching for evidence based methods and perseverance in implementation.”
“One of the founders of KORPOS, Donna Vanderloo, was my nearest and dearest colleague for 4 years, back in the days when our Ministry was called VROM. We worked at least 9 hours a day, and she always took piles of documents home to continue working. Our project was important: identify how the Dutch want their country to look like in 2030.”