Brazilian farmer Ana Maria at work in the vegetable garden that forms part of the community’s forest garden. Forest gardens meet many needs for local farm families: they provide food, forest products like fuel wood and (through cash crops like coffee) a sustainable income. Within four years, a forest garden can raise a family’s income by a factor of ten! Planting out of poverty: http://trees.org/
Thumbs up! Nice TREES t-shirt, too. You can see the excitement on the faces of this family from the Luesla da Silva community in the Barra Nova region of Brazil. Behind them is the lush greenery of the forest garden we helped them build, which is now providing them and their neighbors food and an income in a sustainable way. Plus, we’re helping the planet in the process! Planting trees, changing lives: http://trees.org/
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: http://trees.org/
At the edge of a growing forest garden in Brazil, Gliricidia and Moringa trees help fix nitrogen in the soil while acting as a windbreak. In this case, they’re also part of a living fence that keeps cattle away from the growing crops. Techniques like these help local farmers greatly increase crop yield — and income — without exhausting the land.