Be Very Welcome to Join
and Grow with us

Develop code

Invest in LOTs

Be our think-tank

Become a farmer

Plant a tree with us

Entrust your unused land

Be part of the ARK

You Might Discover More Ways

Photographer

Mateus Dornas, Ipê Amarelo, June 2017 Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Published with his permission

We invite you to get involved, wherever you are

 

 

Invest some Thoughts

Be our think-tank: feel free to comment on this project, on our ideas and methods. How can we improve this website? Can you come up with questions for the FAQ?

Please send your opinion, suggestions and questions.

Be part of the ARK - re-wild your surroundings

All over the world people are starting food forests, little wildlife refuges and permaculture gardens on public or private wastelands, even in cities.
You can do that too!

 

'We Are The Ark'

Trees and patches of wild green are our lungs, they clean the air, bring joy, and even nuts and fruits. The planet needs them. We all need them. Wildlife needs them. 
There is a new initiative to stimulate gardeners to become guardians. To connect visibly all these green havens and post them on instagram. See manuals and ideas at the website of activist Mary Reynolds: We Are The Ark 

Invest a dollar or two

The project has already started on the land in possession. In 2019 we hope to expand by doing a big crowdfunding with the launch of the Land Ownership Token (LOT).
Signup for updates, to be the first to hear when and where to buy the shares.

contribute as a developer

Develop our wallet, smart-contracts, and the hack-proof entering on a public ledger (Blockchain or DAG like the Tangle)

Become a regenerative farmer

No land of your own? Want to commit to excellence? Exploding with energy?
Let’s talk!

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At the moment we have a vacancy on our land in rural Brazil. Become a licensed Food Forest Farmer on tenancy land and infrastructure.

We supply:
– 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.

You invest:

– 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.

Contract:

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

Interested?

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.

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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.

Send us tips about wastelands

Know cheap maltreated land that nobody shows interest in anymore? Barren, overgrown, degraded without biodiversity?
Please find out who owns it and
send us the data

 

Visit us for an active holiday or study-practice

Spend some time with us as a volunteer, plant a tree. Back to basics, immerse in the lifestyle.

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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. We have a waiting list, but we file your application for the future.

Lodging and the participation in chores resemble the WWOOF system  (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)

Program:
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.
There is internet connection through cable.

Necessary:
21 years of age, fit, driver’s license, good mood, love for animals (and 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.

Expenses:
Traveling to Belo Horizonte.
Entertainment in the nearby village if you so choose.
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.

Interested?
Write an email-application with motivation and Curriculum Vitae.

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

When everybody joins in and does one’s bit, we’ll have a powerful movement going.

We can break through the status quo and re-green the planet!

Imagine …

Imagine every person on the planet being able to acquire his rightful meters of farmland. Not necessarily farming it himself. But giving it in tenancy under the strict condition that it would be managed only in an ecological way.

This will become a possibility when people buy collectively. The regenerative tenant farmers would also be audited by the independant public, e.g. through webcams and tracking technology on the produce. 

Buying and owning  collectively can simply be done with the issuance of shares. With a global equity crowdfunding on crypto-exchanges it will get traction.
Eventually these shares could function as means of exchange, c.q. money, backed by ecological land.

Forget about the 1% who should have solved our problems by now. We are with 7.5 billion problem solvers. So we can fix this.

Greenpeace started with one boat, no internet. We have started now with one plot of land + the internet of value (cryptos on a blockchain).

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Quang Nguyen vinh (‘Quangpraha‘), Vietnam. Nature, planting, bright

Found through Pixabay under creative commons. Accessed August 15, 2018

What are our former colleagues saying about us?

 

“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.”

Brigitte Stadhouders

entrepeneur in the Netherlands, Briez

“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.”

Hettie van der Meijden

Human Resources, Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment

So will you lend us a hand? It is hard work to get something going on degraded land.

 

 

“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: Tilling, Chemical Fertilizers, Monoculture, Pesticides, Roundup!

“Most of our land was barren. So we put sponges into the ground to grow mulch”

 

Well, not really, but  we dug holes and ditches and filled them according to the ZAI method. Then we waited for the rainy season and the termites to do their work.

explanation ZAI method

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).

See more about thiis method and its inventor at our video-page

Preparation barren soil

Preparation ultra-compacted claysoil

First growth of pioneer plants

termites enabled the growth of the first crop

Second rainy season, finally enough shadow and mulch to start planting trees

Same spot second rainy season. Already small fruit trees are growing amidst pioneer shrubs

“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

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Inactive account ID 12019, Africa, desert landscape
Through Pixabay, under creative commons
downloaded 14. July 2018

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