January 29, 2020
Definition: 1. To prepare and use land to grow crops or garden
2. To foster the growth and development of (a plant, relationship, skillset, etc)
TREES’ approach to regenerative agriculture teaches the benefits of cultivating a variety of crops.
Forest Garden Fact: In total, farmers plant 37 vegetable species, 13 shrub and vine species, 14 fruit and nut tree species and 21 agroforestry species across all of TREES’ projects each year.
The variety of trees and plants grown depend on the region, agro-climatic zones, soils, and the farmer’s field plan. At TREES, we work closely with farmers to optimize the growth potential of their land. With optimized fields, farmers can plant more of what they need.
Did you know? The farmer in this image is pruning a Calliandra Calothyrsus tree that was cultivated in his Forest Garden. The leaves of this tree are high in nitrogen which makes it an excellent producer of green fertilizer. Highly valued by apiculturists, Calliandra Calothyrsus grows well in tropical areas. In sub-Saharan Africa, Calliandra is a great pioneer species used to reclaim degraded lands