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Overcoming Challenging Terrain and Grazing Animals

On a rocky, uneven landscape in Mariwa village, Homa Bay, Kenya, lives Dorothy Akoth Onyango. The 55-year-old used to see her land as a setback to farming. After her husband retired from the Kenya Defense Force, Dorothy says she’d lost hope of being able to feed her family.  But her outlook on her land and her family’s … Continued

Samba Embraced the Forest Garden Approach at 63 Years Old

 At 65 years old, Samba Cissé, is at the top of the class.   “Trees for the Future has shown me that no matter how old you are, with support you can always make it through,” he says. Samba joined Trees for the Futures Forest Garden Training program in 2020. A farmer in Fatick, Senegal, Samba … Continued

Trees for the Future Expands Executive Team

TREES FOR THE FUTURE EXPANDS EXECUTIVE TEAM IN FACE OF UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH John Leary Named Chief Strategy Officer, Tim McLellan Hired as Interim Chief Executive Officer  SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND (February 3, 2022) – Trees for the Future (TREES) expands its executive team as the organization surpasses the 250-million-tree mark. Long-time organizational leader and Forest Garden … Continued

Breaking Down Barriers with Forest Gardening

Trees for the Future’s Forest Garden Training Program is grounded in accessibility. Staff work to ensure that every farmer can receive life-changing training regardless of income, education, disability, age, or gender Nangira Lispa is a Ugandan farmer overcoming barriers through the Forest Garden Approach. Several years ago, she lost her left arm to an infection. … Continued

The People Behind the Mission: Christine Namutosi

A longtime resident of Mount Elgon in eastern Uganda, Christine Namutosi knows her community well. She knows the farms that dot the region’s hilly landscapes, she knows the farmers themselves, and she knows the challenges they face.  As an Assistant Technician at Trees for the Future, Christine takes full advantage of the opportunity to mobilize, … Continued

Demonstration Forest Garden Proves the Power of Agroforestry 

In Kenya’s Kiambu County – and around the world – farmers are facing challenges brought on by climate change, land degradation, and powerful agribusinesses. Farmers are encouraged to clear land, plant row upon row of grain or cereal crops, and rely on chemicals to improve yields. But a small plot of land in Kiambu is … Continued

Trees for the Future Receives TerraFund for AFR100 Award

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND (January 11, 2022) – Regenerative agriculture training organization Trees for the Future is among the top 100 organizations and businesses leading tree restoration in Africa.   TerraFund for AFR100 is an award series led by AFR100 to finance Africa’s top 100 tree restoration projects and enterprises. AFR100 is a pan-African, country-led effort to … Continued

Amos is an Accountant Turned Farmer

Amos Omondi’s Kenyan Forest Garden is bursting with food and resources. Vegetables like kale, spinach, cowpeas, eggplant, and sweet potato cover the ground. Mango, pawpaw, and avocado trees fill the space between land and sky. Surrounding the Forest Garden, agroforestry trees work to provide nutrients and protection to degraded soil.  The 33-year-old father of four took on farming … Continued

World Soil Day

We get it, soil doesn’t seem like the most interesting topic. But it’s important and in peril. That’s why the UN named December 5th World Soil Day in 2014, in hopes that soil would gain the attention it deserves. Why is soil important?  Soil is essential to grow our trees and our food. Why is … Continued

The Power of Education

In early 2020, Zedrack Guloba’s youngest child was at home during the days. The Ugandan farmer’s crops hadn’t been doing well, so Zedrack was unable to cover the cost of sending his son to school. Responsible for his wife, his youngest three children, and two grandchildren, Zedrack did not want to let his family down. In March, he joined Trees … Continued

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