Bringing More Sustainable Practices to the Galapagos Islands
With the support of local communities and your donations we’re reducing human impact on the islands, helping to preserve this precious ecosystem and it’s native cultures. Together we’re spreading the adoption of more self-sustainable practices, working with local farmers, tour operators, restaurants and others to expand sustainable agriculture and promote the use of native and endemic species. Locally founded and directed, we are on a mission for a more sustainable future.
Galapagos Local Community Seed Bank
Our current seed bank is run from the least humid and darkest place on the farm - Karina’s oven. We’re constantly running out of space to store more seeds, and the rudimentary setup doesn’t provide optimal seed storage conditions. Building a larger and more robust seed bank will allow us to speed up our work, so we can collect and share more seeds with the local community.
Local agriculture relies completely on imported seeds that haven’t adapted to our growing conditions
Seed collecting, processing and storage is an essential part of sustainable agriculture and is fundamental for food security on the islands. Our Local Community Seed Bank’s expansion will include the training of numerous seed collectors on the Galapagos Islands so we can achieve independence from imported seeds.
Seed Collector & Conscious Farmer Training
Education and training is essential to spreading sustainable agriculture and seed collecting practices across the Galapagos. Our knowledge sharing gives seed collectors and farmers a head start so they can be more successful from the start.
Less than 1% of food grown on the island is organic
From endemic plants that act as pest deterrents to island composting, we teach the full range of sustainable agriculture best practices. We’re also collecting knowledge on endemic plants that can be sustainably harvested from standing forests, which encourages landowners to keep rainforests instead of cutting them down.
Eco-Classroom & Lessons
While we’ve already started giving lessons we’re without an actual classroom. We’re proud of the 300+ community members and volunteers who’ve participated in our workshops to date, but building a real classroom means they don’t have to stand in full sun or rain for the lessons.
Pesticides are being misused or overused on the islands
This classroom, as with all of our future structures, will be made with sustainably harvested bamboo. Bamboo structures are just starting to take off on the Galapagos, and farmers are beginning to keep their bamboo grove standing so they can be sustainably harvested.
Local Foods Kitchen Lab
Most of the best-growing endemic plants of the Galapagos never make it on the menu of local restaurants and families, giving farmers less incentive to grown them. Our Local Foods Kitchen Lab will work with chefs to create new dishes featuring edible endemic foods, as well as working with local communities to preserve their unique recipes.
90% of food consumed on the Galapagos is imported
These plants are good for the soil and they’ve adapted to grow easily in our unique environments. This increases the farmer’s chance to have a higher crop yield, leading to less imported food. What better way to celebrate us, Galapagos, as a diverse new community in the process of building and discovering its own identity than to create clean, healthy, diverse, (not to mention delicious), true local food?