The Simple Act is about community development as well as about trees. It is about organizing, educating and motivating people. It is a "how-to" guide to planning and implementing a community event. Written for the California urban volunteer, this book is particularly valuable to members of the development set ready for a breather from development and technical jargon.
Does that sound appealing? There is more. Chapters include an overview of planting and caring for trees; How do you motivate your community? Where does the money come from? How do you pull off a successful tree planting? And the Million Tree Story (how to get Los Angeles residents to plant a million trees). The step-by-step Planting Project Workbook and the Tree Care Project Workbook contain specific notes that guide you through your project.
Treepeople is an enormously successful community development project and this book encapsulates the keys to its success. This California training manual and case study is a refreshing and readable guide for everyone who wants to make their community a better place.
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The more interesting and useful topics in the book are related to the methodology of financial and economic analyses of agroforestry. These include "What to Measure and Why?" and "Use of Experiment Station and On-Farm Trial Results" among several other methodological topics. Some readings are system-specific. For example, "Economic Evaluation of Cacao with Laurel and Poró in Costa Rica," and "Crop Losses Due to Growing of Eucalyptus on Field Bunds." The case study sites are varied, from Senegal to central Java, from the Ecuadorean Amazon to Haiti and Micronesia.
The text is complemented by a clear and concise glossary of economic and financial vocabulary, as well as a helpful list of resource persons and addresses around the globe.
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The training modules are illustrated and average length is about 15 pages, each has an introductory summary and a one-page list of highlights. The modules cover the gamut of considerations related to multipurpose trees (MPT's), such as: species selection, propagation, agroforestry uses, small plantations, tree care, harvesting, marketing, and the principles of effective extension.
The field-ready fact cards give a comprehensive summary of some of the more popular MPT's. They list tree origin, ecology, description, primary advantages and disadvantages, products and yields, propagation, seed treatment and management of agroforestry uses. The cards are all illustrated, which is a plus, although some of the drawings are almost too small to distinguish.
This publication benefited greatly from the input of organizations such as CARE, the International Centre for Research on Agroforestry, the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, the Nitrogen Fixing Tree Association and World Neighbors. Extensionists and field workers will benefit from this consolidated effort. A second edition will be available in late February 1994. This updated edition will include 17 additional species fact cards and will incorporate more feedback from extension workers.
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