The Secret (Forest) Garden…
For over a year now Treepoints has been planting trees with our fantastic partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. The impact of our partnership with Eden has led to almost 200,000 trees being planted *pat ourselves on the back*.
However, it’s so important to us at Treepoints that we continuously look to improve and differentiate our impact, so we can offer the best climate crisis solutions in the world and that’s why we have decided to bring on another tree planting partner! So, without further ado… please welcome Trees for the Future!
So who are Tree for the Future and why did we choose them?
Trees for the Future identified a problem, a problem that leads to hundreds of millions of chronically hungry, smallholder farming families unknowingly using destructive and shortsighted agricultural practices that further degrade their communities, trees, soil, water and biodiversity. This makes them even more likely to migrate and more vulnerable to the climate change that lies ahead. It is a vicious cycle.
We were drawn to partner with Trees for the Future because of their innovative planting solution, ‘The Forest Garden Program’. This program focuses on ending poverty and hunger in Africa by training farmers to regenerate their land.
Sustainable development is essential in our criteria for choosing tree planting and plastic partners and selecting carbon offsetting projects. Forest Gardens not only plant trees, helping the planet and future generations, but also protect and revitalize land preventing flooding, erosion and landslides and immediately impacting the lives of families in need. This supports sustainable development socially and environmentally.
What is a Forest Garden?
Imagine a secret garden, full of life and surrounded by a protected wall. This is basically a Forest Garden! Farmers plant around 2,500 fast growing trees and bushes that create protective and soil-stabilizing barriers around an area of seemingly barren land. Then on the inside of this protective ring farmers are taught to diversify their garden with a vegetable and fruit tree portfolio to meet their family’s priority nutritional and selling needs. Forest Gardens take years of hard work, however, when they are up and running they provide a regenerative source of income and nutrition for farmers and surrounding communities.
Trees for the Future do not leave the farmers on their own after initial set up. They are involved in optimization, where farmers learn about advanced Forest Garden management and conservation to optimize long-term health and productivity of the land and also implement a sustainability strategy for the future with each farmer.
So what’s next?
To kickstart our relationship with Trees for the Future we are giving an initial donation of 4000 trees! For partners and subscribers we will be integrating trees from Trees for the Future into our tree planting mix from May this year (2022).
If you want to watch/read more about Trees for the Future and their fantastic solution you can watch a short documentary here, or read their latest impact report here.