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29 Fun Facts about Trees for the Future


1. Trees for the Future has worked in countries all over the world since its creation, including India, parts of Central America and the US! We are currently in 6 countries in Africa. Learn more at

2. Forest Gardens can increase farmers’ incomes by up to 400% by the end of the four-year program!

3. Each tree planted sequesters 34.6 lbs of carbon.

4. Each Forest Garden sequesters an average of 62.8 tons of carbon!

5. On average, over 44% of farmers in our programs are women.

6. There are five phases to the Forest Garden Approach: mobilization, protection, diversification, optimization, and graduation.

7. Our Executive Director, John Leary, volunteered with TREES for 10 years before leading our organization. His goal is to help Trees for the Future end hunger and extreme poverty for a million people!

8. TREES has 3 main objectives called our Triple Bottom Line: ending hunger, ending poverty, and ending deforestation.

9. We’ve seen that more than 92% of our farmers feel capable with their new resources to brace for any unforeseen circumstances the future may bring!

10. Forest Gardens reduce the amount of burning, clearing, and plowing in forests due to the sustainable nutritional and economic resources they provide.

11. Some of the most popular fruit trees planted in Forest Gardens are mango, avocado, cashew, banana, citrus and papaya trees.

12. A tree costs only 10 cents to plant! Go to to get planting!

13. One of the most important aspects of a Forest Garden is its living fence, a line of trees and plants that protects the Forest Garden and surrounds the crops.

14. We implement permaculture, or year-round & diversified farming, instead of traditional/less sustainable monoculture to ensure healthy gardens and constant products for our farmers. 

15. $10 is all it takes to provide essential tree seeds for an entire family in our program. That’s just the first step to lifting the families we support out of extreme poverty!

16. Our shot documentary, The Forest Garden Solution, gives the inside scoop on what we do and how our Forest Gardens grow.

17. Not only do our farmers benefit from their gardens, but so does the natural wildlife in their communities! Revitalizing the land benefits the habitats of other plants and animals in the area.

18. We honor our women farmers for their hard work, perseverance, and adaptability – we have them to thank for our successes.

19. TREES has 7 lines of defense when it comes to integrated pest management, none of which include harmful pesticides.

20. Our resources are online for free. You can become a Certified Forest Garden Practitioner! Learn more at

21. TREES collaborates with The Jane Goodall Institute and United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to facilitate Forest Garden programs.

22. The newest country TREES works in is Guinea! We’re currently working with 50 farmers in Donguol-Sigon, which means about 120 acres of Forest Gardens!

23. The country with the most Forest Garden projects in it is Senegal, with 5 projects and almost 2,000 acres of Forest Gardens!

24. Here at TREES we share our mission as a member of both Aid for Africa and The Alliance to End Hunger, two organizations who bring together many institutions working towards the same goals! Learn more about our institutional collaboration here.

25. The cost of a Forest Garden for one family is approximately $625 USD, with an average 4,000 trees per hectare and 20 species in each garden.

26. One Shot, our Executive Director John Leary’s book, is one of 18 books highlighted by Food Tank focusing on food and agriculture. It’s also a Nautilus Award Winner!

27. Each One Shot book sold plants 50 trees!

28. TREES has its own game to learn more about our agroforestry called Planting Out of Poverty. Play now!

29. With your help, TREES has planted over 6 million trees in our 29th year! Bringing our total to over 155 million trees planted since 1989.

Let’s Get Planting

Your donation has a direct impact on the earth and lives of the people who need it most. By helping us plant trees, you give families the ability to transition from unsustainable farming techniques to a flourishing Forest Garden system. Your donation not only helps the environment, but it also empowers farmers to end poverty for their families.