Planting Trees. Changing Lives.
First, Trees for the Future hire project staff and meet with stakeholders (government reps, community leaders) to solicit their support. With the help of stakeholders, interested farmer groups, lead farmers and participants are identified, and orientation workshops are hosted prior to pursuing training and extension activities.
Phases II to IV establish the Forest Garden. In the Protection phase, farmers are provided with the skills and resources needed to protect their forest garden sites by planting green walls - an enhanced version of a living fence - around the perimeter. They then plant fast-growing fertiliser trees throughout to further stabilise their soils and enhance fertility.
As the soils become increasingly fertile and the green walls grow, farmers begin to diversify the products they grow in their Forest Gardens. During this phase, farmers plant higher-value vegetables, fruit, nut, and timber trees. They also learn increasingly advanced skills and techniques that will help them manage their Forest Gardens more effectively and sustainably.
In the fourth phase, farmers will learn to adopt advanced Forest Garden planting and care, integrated pest management, and conservation techniques that optimize and ensure the long-term health, productivity, and profitability of their land.
The final phase consists of transitioning ownership of the project to the farmer groups to continue supporting each other as a team in the on-going development and management of their Forest Gardens and marketing of products..
"I get more from my two acre Forest Garden than I could get from six acres of peanut crop. My sons have a future now, and as I age, trees will continue to feed my family."