Malik’s source of income was supposed to be peanut farming, but there were many peanut farmers in Senegal competing for the sales, and peanuts are tough on the land, year by year diminishing yields. Nowadays, he has a forest garden with 13 new species of trees, whose products earned him five times the amount of money in 2014 that a peanut farm of the same size would.
Our partner farmer Joseph tends to his moringa and fruit tree seedlings. With trees, his family will be able to produce fruit for the new juice factory nearby and overcome the miserable cycle of reliance on a single crop and deteriorating land.
The Environment Club, along with other kids who want to help out, fill poly pots with soil and seeds. In establishing a nursery for their school, the Chaffee Primary School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, these children learn just what good some trees can do.ub, along with other kids who want to help out, fill poly pots with soil and seeds. In establishing a nursery for their school, the Chaffee Primary School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, these children learn just what good some trees can do.
This seedling nursery in Konso, Ethiopia is growing a variety of trees that will be useful for the forest garden, either providing fruit, fodder, or contributing to the living fence.
We work with many schools in Cameroon to teach students about sustainable agriculture and agroforestry. In a number of the schools, the teachers and students planted their own forest gardens to grow nutrias fruits and other foods.
At the Pakorto Nursery in Ethiopia, our partner farmers are growing Millettia Ferruginea seedlings. Millettia Ferruginea is a useful plant to use as feed for livestock or for firewood, which will soon be growing in our partner farmers' forest gardens.
While innocuous-looking and palm-sized for now, these seedlings will grow into a thorny living fence to protect the field of the Mbentinky Women's Group in Senegal. The farmers are about to transplant the young trees along their farm's perimeter.
Agroforestry trees are planted carefully around existing trees and crops in order to turn this farm in Cameroon into a forest garden.
Green Club students have prepared their seedlings and are ready for tree planting day in Ethiopia!
If we didn't build check dams like these with branches and sisal plants in Ethiopia, the soil loosely comprising the hillsides could simply wear away.