Read more about our Plant-a-tree partnership with Trees.org! We have partnered with Trees.org because we agree with their entire mission and wanted to support an amazing cause. On this page you can find all the information about what Trees.org does and their cause. You can also check out their website here! -> Trees.org
To end hunger and poverty by training farmers to regenerate their land.
We lose trees at a rate of 50 soccer fields per minute as our food systems destroy our ecosystems. Most of this degradation occurs in the developing tropics of Africa, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia where hundreds of millions of chronically-hungry, smallholder farming families unknowingly use destructive and short-sighted agricultural practices that further degrade their communities trees, soil, water and biodiversity, making them even more likely to migrate and more vulnerable to the climate changes that lie ahead. It becomes a cycle.
The Forest Garden Program is a simple, replicable, and scalable approach with proven success. How? It starts with trees. Through our 4-year training program, called the Forest Garden Approach, farmers plant thousands of trees that protect and bring nutrients back to the soil. This helps farmers grow a variety of fruits and vegetables. Forest Garden farmers gain increases in income and access to food, even in the first year, all while improving the environment.
Identification: Before Launch
We identify ~200 farming families in need, select training technicians, and prepare materials for launch.
Protection: Years 1-2
Farmers plant ~2,500 fast-growing trees and bushes that create a protective and soil-stabilizing barrier.
Diversification: Years 2-3
Farmers learn to diversify their field with a vegetable and fruit tree portfolio to meet the family’s priority nutritional and selling needs.
Optimization: Year 3-4
Farmers learn about advanced Forest Garden management and conservation to optimize the long-term health and productivity of the land.
Graduation: End of Year 4
We implement a sustainability strategy for the future with each farmer. A graduation ceremony is held to celebrate the farmers’ program completion.
Where They Work:
Trees for the Future (TREES) is currently working with thousands of farming families across nine countries. Over our 30+ year history, we’ve worked around the globe. In 2014, we focused our work in select African countries, where the climatic and economic challenges were most pressing and we could make the greatest impact. Agriculture accounts for a large percentage of economies and income opportunities in the developing world. Unfortunately, decades of unsustainable agriculture practices have resulted in degraded and unproductive land; nutrient-scarce food systems; and farming families who are unable to grow and sell enough to meet their most basic needs. Using the Forest Garden Approach in semi-arid countries like Senegal, we’ve proven that agroforestry is a solution to each of these challenges, effectively ending hunger and poverty while restoring the land and environment. Now, we are expanding our work out again, operating in nine countries across sub-Saharan Africa.
Wanna See More?
Check out their short documentary here! -> TREES Documentary
Trees Donated Counter:
We will update this number once a month to show how many trees we have been able to donate with the help of you, our customers!
Total Trees Donated So Far: 4760