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Our Training Sites

Our Training Sites

Trees for the Future’s Training Sites are model Forest Gardens that demonstrate the Forest Garden Approach in action. We have six training sites across Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Each site is unique in both size and the trees and crops grown there, but they are all serving the same purpose – to provide staff, farmers, and partner organizations with an opportunity to see different agroforestry techniques and how different species and crops can be grown in the Forest Garden system.

Uganda Country Trainer Richard Ssali Kaggwa harvests vegetables from the Lukhonge Training Site in Uganda.

Training Site Details

  • Sites are between 0.5 – 3 acres of land.
  • Each site has an indoor or sheltered outdoor classroom space. 
  • They include all the elements of a Forest Garden, including the green wall/live fence, alley cropping or contours, permagarden, and a fruit tree portfolio. Some sites have livestock integration and other relevant technology demonstrations for the average smallholder farmer.
  • Each training site is actively producing food and resources which are sold to support the operating costs.
  • Some of the training sites also operate tree nurseries which are then used in TREES programs and local communities.
  • The sites are all established with the help of a partner organization that has provided the land for use.

Various types of training are offered at the sites, from field days and drop in tours to 1-5 day workshops, on a sliding scale cost.  We are currently hosting minimal public training events due to COVID-19, but more will be available in 2021. Sign up for our Forest Garden Training Center emails to be the first to know about virtual and in-person training opportunities.

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More About Each Site

Senegal

Eaux et Forets – Eaux et Forets Training Site is 1.25 acres, the TREES team began planting there in August 2020. The site will be home to a number of agroforestry techniques, including source trees to demonstrate grafting as well as water conservation and capture methods. This training site is made possible by our partnership with the Service eaux et forets Kaffrine.

USSEIN – The USSEIN site is in Kaffrine, Senegal and is our largest training site at 3.7 acres. This site will be home to a number of agroforestry techniques. This training site is made possible by our partnership with the Universite du Sine Salloum (USSEIN).

Kenya

Homa Bay – The Homa Bay Training Site is just under an acre and made up of agroforestry techniques like alley cropping, an orchard, a tree nursery, and more. This site is also demonstrating practices like farmscaping for beneficial insects and cover cropping. This training site is made possible by our partnership with the National Cereals and Produce Board.

Waruhiu – Waruhiu was established in the Fall of 2020 and is on one acre of land. Site Trainer Maryanne Kamau will work with other TREES staff to establish various agroforestry techniques, including a permagarden, green wall, windbreak, composting, and woodlot. This training site is made possible by our partnership with the Waruhiu Agricultural training centre.

Tanzania

Tumbi – The Tumbi Forest Garden Training Site is in Tabora, Tanzania. The 2.4 acre demonstration site was established in the end of 2019. The Tumbi site demonstrates permagardening, windbreaks, composting, and other techniques. There is also a seed bank at Tumbi. This training site is made possible by our partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture Training Institute, Tumbi. 

Uganda

Lukhonge – The Lukhonge Training Site is in Mbale, Uganda. Currently, TREES staff are using about 1.25 acres for demonstrations. This site is operational and has already hosted its first training session. Contour farming, water catchment, composting, and more provide farmers and staff an opportunity to learn important agroforestry techniques. This training site is made possible by our partnership with the Mbale District Local Government.