Example 1: Small Tree Farmer
Imagine a small tree farmer in Argentina is wondering how to plant a ¼ hectare field with trees that will provide food, fuel, and fiber to sell. Her neighbors and current contacts have ideas, but they may not be ideal or optimized for her situation. She has a very basic phone and limited internet connectivity at a kiosk she visits once a week at most. Since she primarily uses text messages to communicate electronically, she can send a text message to Open Forestry asking a question (A). An Open Forestry administrator then posts her question over various networks to begin the process of finding an answer (B). Using Open Forestry, the farmer dramatically expands her reach to a much wider network (C). Once a response is received (D) it is sent back to the farmer in a text message (A), and the question, answer, and mechanism is curated into an archive put online in a format for anyone to use or learn from in the future. In addition, if there are tools or resources that can help the farmer, such as an instructional video or checklist, a link can be sent in a text message for her to access when she next visits the internet kiosk.
Example 2: Large Forestry Company
A large forestry company is interested in planting many hectares of trees to be grown for fiber and pulp to support the needs of the community and its shareholders. The company would like to replant native species to support biodiversity and continuity of the local forest composition. They post a project on Open Forestry to work with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that has connections to local tree farmers. The company provides silviculture techniques and other resources to the farming community via the NGO which works with the local farmers to successfully plant native tree species on part of their land. The farmers are able to take pictures of the trees, upload them to a database and ask questions of a remote extension officer, also working on this project, on best practices for managing the trees. The project benefits the company by helping them to use resources more efficiently. It helps the NGO and extension forester by strengthening connections with their customers. And it helps the tree farmers by giving them information to be more successful. For example, it can help them develop a sustainable harvesting and planting rotation plan, and get current market information so they receive a fair market price for their trees. This project is curated on Open Forestry and is available for others to join, copy, or build upon.