For the planting of trees, we teamed up with the amazing organization Trees for the Future (TREES). That is an international non-profit organization that ends hunger, poverty AND deforestation at the same time, one tree at a time. Through their Forest Garden Approach, Trees for the Future trains farmers to plant and manage Forest Gardens that sustainably feed families, raise incomes by 400 percent, and heales the environment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 1989, TREES has planted over 150 million trees.
For more information, visit https://trees.org
Because planting trees only has benefits. When we started House Raccoon, we wanted to do something that didn’t just compensate our impact on the environment. We wanted something that went 1000 times beyond that. Therefore we plant one tree per product.
There are many ways that trees are beneficial to both people and the environment. Trees are habitat for biodiversity. Trees create much of the planet’s oxygen. And trees help combat climate change. The list is nearly limitless, but by partnering with Trees For The Future and their Forest Garden approach, we focus on the role trees play in agroforestry and in helping farming families improve their land quality and productivity.
Agroforestry (= Forest Gardens) is a model that integrates trees into agriculture, landscapes and is particularly appropriate for resource-poor farmers in developing countries. In addition to providing fruits, berries, and nuts, trees provide environmental services that are essential for the world: they can improve the fertility of degraded soils (through nitrogen fixation), prevent wind and soil erosion (contributing to improved fertility), increase water penetration into underground aquifers, and contribute to improvements in the growing environment.
Trees help to lessen the wind that might affect crops, cool off ground temperatures, and trap moisture and nutrients in the soil so that food crops grow better in the improved microclimate. Trees also provide fodder for animals, create living fences, and can be a source of sustainable fuelwood production.
The result is that, apart from all the positive impacts on the climate and ecosystem, farmers earn up to 400% more with the Forest garden approach which banishes hunger, improves educations (especially for the woman!) and remove the need for migration.
Forest Gardens are also known as polyculture, permaculture, agroforestry, etc… and define a multi-layered, multi-purpose distribution of vegetables, bushes, and lots of trees designed to optimize productivity of a piece of land. It is a farming system that thinks vertically, not just horizontally.
Forest gardens stand in stark contrast to modern industrial agriculture which encourages farmers to plant one or few crops. Time and time again, these monocultures contribute to chemical-intensive, environmentally-destructive, and deadly consequences for biodiversity and long-term human prosperity.
Watch this 20 minute documentary to learn how trees will make the dessert green again by regenerative agriculture with the Forest Garden Approach.
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