Micronutrient /mīkrōˈn(y)o͞otrēənt/ – noun

October 23, 2019

Definition:  A chemical element or substance required in trace amounts for the physiological health of living organisms such as calcium and potassium.

In the Forest Garden: Nutrition plays an integral role in designing a Forest Garden. By growing a variety of micronutrient-rich crops; farmers are able to diversify their diets and have increased access to vital nutrients such as iron, vitamin A & C.

On average, Forest Garden farmers cultivate 37 vegetable species, 14 fruit and nut tree species, and 21 agroforestry species across all of our projects each year! Together, these plants create a thriving ecosystem capable of providing families with sustainable food sources, livestock fodder and products to sell in their local markets.

Take a look at some of the nutrients farmers are getting on their land:

Did you know? Trees for the Future uses a robust monitoring and evaluation systems to ensure sustainable growth. Trees for the Future uses the Food and Agriculture of the United Nations (FAO) Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) survey to determine our participant farmers’ ability to access food. Below you will see the changes that occur over the course of our four-year program. Read our Special Edition 30th Anniversary Impact Report to learn how trees are feeding families!