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Cashing in on Crops and Carbon

Tobias Omondi didn’t always feel so optimistic. From his farm in Kisumu, in western Kenya, his outlook on his land and family’s future rose and fell with market fluctuations and increasingly unpredictable growing seasons.  “Getting money,” says Tobias, “was not very easy.”  The compound challenges of water access, climate change, and market volatility are common … Continued

Homa Bay Farmers Welcome Benefits of the Forest Garden

Nestled in the hills surrounding Lake Victoria, farmers living in Homa Bay, Kenya enjoy breathtaking views of their countryside during and after the rainy season. The lake glistens on the horizon and rolling green hills create a striking contrast to the farms below.  But the dry season looks much different.  “If you come here when … Continued

Plant Happiness with Alice Wangu Mwaura

They say you can’t buy happiness. But just ask Alice Wangu Mwaura – you can certainly plant it!  When Alice joined our training program, she was looking for a path away from the farming practices harming her land. She found it hard to be happy when just one bad harvest could put her farm and … Continued

Kenyan Scouts Reach 3 Million Trees Planted

Around the world, Scouts are known for their commitment to making the world a better place. In Western Kenya, Scouts are doing their part by planting millions of trees at schools and homes across the region.  “They make the environment so very beautiful,” says 13-year-old Jamin Hakims Orera.  Trees for the Future (TREES) partnered with … Continued

263 Million Trees Planted Through Agroforestry and Sustainable Agriculture

Trees for the Future Passes 260-Million Mark Ahead of Earth Day  APRIL 20, 2022 (BETHESDA, MARYLAND) – Regenerative agriculture nonprofit Trees for the Future (TREES) is celebrating 263 million trees planted and more than 300 thousand people impacted.  The trees are planted by farmers on their own land in agroforestry systems called Forest Gardens. Local … Continued

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

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

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

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