Plant Trees with Trees for the Future
Help Plant Trees is partnered with Trees for the Future, a top rated non-profit that has planted over 155 million trees in the last 30 years. Trees for the Future provides seed, nursery materials and educational training to help farmers restore their degraded farmland by planting Forest Gardens. These farmers commit to a 4 year Master Forest Gardener training program and not only gain immediate benefits from their Forest Gardens, they also increase their annual incomes by 400% within the first 4 years. After working in over 60 countries TFTF is focusing their efforts in areas of Africa facing desertification as this is where they are seeing the greatest results and where the need is most urgent. Trees for the Future plants trees in Senegal, Kenya, Cameroon, Uganda, Guinea and Tanzania.
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TURNING BARREN LAND INTO FOREST GARDENS WITH TREES FOR THE FUTURE
Trees for the Future offers a Forest Garden training program that supplies seed, nursery materials and education to farmers restoring their degraded land. These Forest Gardens are started by planting a perimeter of 4,000 fast growing pioneer trees as a "living fence" around the farm, just before the rainy season. These drought tolerant trees can thrive in degraded soil and grow up to 15 feet in the first year.
Their nitrogen rich leaves quickly become compost, and the carbon sugars their roots pump into the soil help to rapidly increases the soil’s fertility and water storage capacity – which is critical in areas of drought. The farmers own the land and therefor volunteer their labor and are highly motivated to succeed and protect their trees. This enables TFTF to plant at 10¢ a tree.
While fertilizing and protecting the soil, these trees are also drawing rainwater down into the water table, while reducing wind and erosion. Along with these essential ecosystem functions, they also produce food, fuel, livestock feed and medicine, all while each pulling 34.6 lbs of climate change causing carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere per year. After just 1 to 2 years, the soil is fertile enough to inter-crop a variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and hardwood trees.
The farmers are also trained to collect seeds to plant in the following years. This enables them to become independent as quickly as possible and also means that the trees you help plant could multiply many times over. Even though these trees are being planted in Africa, the carbon dioxide they store and oxygen they create helps balance the atmosphere for everyone, everywhere.
Help Plant Trees has partnered with Trees for the Future because their programs and planting methods plant the most trees for the least amount of money, and the people who do the planting have the most direct, long-term benefits. It’s also easy to verify their planting projects with their
state of the art tracking and monitoring system.
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