Stories From the Field

“Milking” Fodder Trees for a Richer and Healthier Future

Stories From the Field

Fodder trees are powerhouses for our famers in Ikinu, Kenya.  As part of the first year of our Forest Garden Approach, fodder trees were used to establish a visible boundary and barrier around each… Read More

Forest Gardens and Beekeeping: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship

Stories From the Field

July 17, 2017 By Elizabeth Norikane, East Africa Communications Specialist   Honeybees contribute to more than a third of all agricultural production, in addition to enhancing biodiversity, and… Read More

HIV Patients Find Support in Their Farmer Group

Stories From the Field

July 4, 2017 By Elizabeth Norikane, East Africa Communications Specialist   Our Forest Garden program is designed so that our farmers are a part of a group, attending trainings together and… Read More

A Recipe for Success: Natural Pesticide in Uganda

Stories From the Field

July 5, 2017 By Elizabeth Norikane, East Africa Communications Specialist   Mixing a few common plants and materials found around her home, Ajok Lilly has found a way to naturally keep bugs and… Read More

Ms. Independent

Stories From the Field

Author: John Leary,  Executive Director One of my heroes is Loret Miller Ruppe, who reminded us that being at peace is not just the absence of war. Peace and independence are exactly what Ndeye… Read More

The Baobab

Stories From the Field

Although the Baobab (Adansonia) is not a tree that we plant in our Forest Gardens, it is one that we see frequently throughout our projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically, it can be found a lot… Read More

Cashews Come From Apples – and other things that blow our minds

Stories From the Field

Cashews are one of the crops grown in our Forest Gardens that truly fascinate us. Many people are unaware that cashews grow on trees, none the less, ripen on top of an apple. This amazing nut, and… Read More

Malik Ndao

Stories From the Field

Malik doesn’t know about the Sustainable Development Goals: But he’s meeting them. Decades of backbreaking subsistence farming had left Malik Ndao and his family hungry and hopeless. He… Read More

Sidy Ba

Stories From the Field

Sidy Ba lives in Senegal. He’s had a forest garden for the past 3 years with a mix of eggplant and several types of trees. He sells 200 pounds of eggplant per week and it’s his main source… Read More

Trees and Water Need a Little “Crazy”

Stories From the Field

“Danga dof,” is a phrase in the Wolof language that Mariama Ndao heard countless times over her first two years in the Trees for the Future training program as she pulled water from an 80 foot… Read More

More Milk, More Money, More Hope: Gladys’ Story

Stories From the Field

The rains are torrential and the crumbling structure of Gladys Wamuhu’s kitchen is no match for the deluge. Inevitably, the water floods in and a rush of mud and debris sweeps through her… Read More

The Forest Garden Solution

Stories From the Field

What is the Forest Garden Approach? Forest Gardens are a superior farming system with the potential to end hunger and poverty for millions of subsistence farmers struggling to survive throughout… Read More

What’s The Problem?

Stories From the Field

We would like to take a moment to explain what we are solving through our work. Millions of men, women, and children on the African continent go to bed hungry each night as a result of rampant… Read More

Ousmane Willane

Stories From the Field

Ousmane Willane' Story There are many reasons why Ousmane and his family are celebrating and we hope you will too! Just look at the fruits of his labors. Just look at the size of the trees he has… Read More

Mate Mbaye

Stories From the Field

Mate Mbaye's Story Did you know that young people in Senegal are so desperate that they’re crossing deserts and oceans in search of a better life? You can only imagine the dangers. Some never… Read More