Trees for the Future

This woman is carrying tree seedlings as part of a community tree-planting in Gersale village in Ethiopia. One important aspect of a forest garden: the variety of tree and plant species involved. Having different kinds of food sources helps to protect against the failure of a single crop during drought or because of blight. Also, trees bring moisture up from deeper in the soil, and their leaves provide shade for more-vulnerable food plants. Planting out of poverty:





Trees and their stories

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Over three trillion trees live on planet Earth, and yet we know so few of their stories. Of course all trees play an important role—purifying the air, hosting the feathered and the furry, teaching kids (and kids at heart) how to climb—but some have spent more time doing these things than others. Quiver trees, for example, can live up to 300 years, oaks can live a thousand years, and bristlecone pines and yews can survive for millennia
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Trees for the Future

All of the hard work in the tree nurseries comes down to this: a tiny tree, planted in the soil. This seedling in India is part of a forest garden in the making. Besides helping to support the local community, it will sequester carbon dioxide in its roots and leaves and pump out the oxygen we breathe. A small piece of green now, but one with big potential. Planting trees, changing lives:





Trees for the Future

This farmer in Brazil is next to a row of Moringa trees just transplanted from a tree nursery, the first step in creating a forest garden. Our projects are frequently on land that’s been over-farmed in the past, often to grow a single cash crop to sell overseas, leaving behind soil whose nutrients are exhausted. Trees like Moringa fix nitrogen in the soil, laying the ground for a sustainable mix of subsistence crops and cash crops to feed the community and provide an income for years into the future. Planting out of poverty:




Trees for the Future

Two men at work maintaining a tree nursery in Senegal. One need that forest gardens meet that’s often overlooked: forest products, like the tree branches used to fence this nursery off from livestock and other animals. Including fast-growing trees in forest gardens gives farmers a source of fuel wood, leaf litter (for mulch), branches and bark close at hand. This helps to keep pressure off of remaining stands of native forests in the area.



Trees for the Future

These Acacia seedlings are on their way to the fields in the Philippines, transferred using a bare-root method. Acacia trees are useful for shade (to protect sun-sensitive crops), plus they help to protect the soil from erosion during tropical deluges. They also fix nitrogen in the soil, improving conditions for other trees and plants, and local people use their fast-growing limbs for fuel-wood and local construction, like the beams framing this tree nursery. More on our work:






Trees for the Future

A tree nursery on the Ricarte de la Cruz family farm in the Philippines. Notice the stone walls used to create terraces – a tree nursery is a good way to put a steep slope like this to use. These baby trees are destined for the family’s forest garden, where they’ll provide food, animal fodder and income for the family. Planting out of poverty: