Following Local Know-How to Create Thriving Futures

What’s one of the best ways to create a future for thriving people and thriving places? Restoring local plants and trees!  The Legado Namuli program supports thriving futures by identifying the right trees and shrubs that are best for the Namuli ecosystem and keep fires at bay. How do we do it? First, we turned to Namuli’s residents to help ... Read More

From (Sky Island) Farm to Table: The Tomato Value Chain

Tomatoes can travel a long way from farm to plate. And, whether you are a tomato farmer in the slopes of Mount Namuli or a frequent buyer of tomatoes at the grocery store somewhere in North America, you might not know just how far they travel to be a tasty treat. Over the past month, our team in Gurué organized ... Read More

Stopping Uncontrolled Fires – The Work of Women Beekeepers

The apiary of Dona Rosita Faustino is located among forest and alongside the Malema River in the community of Murrabué, with the waters of the river and standing trees acting as a natural fence for the hives. The other day, a couple of youngsters were hunting around this same area, using fire to catch small rodents. This traditional hunting technique, ... Read More

Namuli’s Community Health Activists

Resuming work with the communities of Mount Namuli came with an incredible amount of preparation and hard work as we sought to continue impactful work, while limiting the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Legado Namuli’s support of community health activists to educate Namuli’s residents on methods of prevention has become an integrated piece of the everyday work with communities. Community health ... Read More

A Community Called Courage

On the flanks of Mount Namuli sits the small but mighty town of Murrabué.  In years past, it wasn’t uncommon for the October skies to be filled with grey smoke and to have ash falling on the thatched houses of the community. The autumn in Murrabué is the fire season. Whether wild fires were started because of lightning strikes, people … Read More

Community Facilitators: Building the Foundation for Land Security

Individual and community land rights and the legal recognition of these lands is a foundational step in planning for thriving futures. The Legado Namuli team has dedicated a large part of the last year to laying the groundwork for securing land tenure in the communities surrounding Mount Namuli. Beginning with the Natural Resource Management Committees, the team developed trainings and ... Read More

Cabbage Seeds Self Production

The Legado Namuli Project is prioritizing seed access for producers and supporting horticultural production as an alternative to potato cultivation in Mount Namuli’s upland forests. Cabbage is a key crop for Namuli’s farmers; however, in order to acquire cabbage seeds, they depend on purchasing the seeds from industrial suppliers. This can present a limiting step on the path towards production. As ... Read More

Ricardina Leads the Way for Sustainability

Ricardina Maria Osorio Vieira grew up in a small town in the shadow of Mount Namuli ­— so it should not come as a surprise that she has chosen to spend her career protecting the mountain ecosystem that was such a big part of her childhood. As a part of our Namuli field team, Ricardina has been an invaluable part ... Read More

The Way to Conservation is Paved by Honeycombs

From April through August, the Legado Namuli team worked one-on-one with Namuli’s beekeepers to support them in reaching their goals for sustainable honey harvesting throughout the mountains’ forests and woodlands.  Individual meetings were held with Namuli’s beekeepers to lay a foundation of mutual understanding on the path towards a shared vision for sweet futures -- ones that are abundant with ... Read More

Honey for the Long Run

On Mount Namuli, strong and steady wins the race, and the same goes for honey.  A successful honey harvest is a result of a strong and steady learning collaboration with the beekeepers of Namuli.  It is the result of the dedication of their minds, the work of their hands and of course, their relationship with the bees. The Legado: Namuli ... Read More