One of the core values at Receptra Naturals is supporting important social causes that impact our world. Accordingly, Receptra is committed to making a difference in the lives of countless farmers and their families through environmental stewardship and education. Please join us as we partner with Trees For The Future (TREES), a nonprofit organization planting trees to combat deforestation in sub-Saharan Africa. You will be part of supporting this important cause simply by purchasing a Receptra product!
The TREES Forest Garden Program is a simple, replicable and scalable approach with proven success. Forest Gardens consist of thousands of trees that provide families with sustainable food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, fuel wood and a 400% increase in their annual income in four years. By planting specific types of fast-growing trees, fruit trees, hardwoods and food crops in a systematic manner, families can positively change their lives forever. Hope grows on trees. Help Receptra plant them.
Trees For The Future (TREES) is working to end hunger and poverty by providing agricultural education and resources to small farmers while revitalizing degraded lands through sustainable farming practices. The organization uses the concept of forest gardening to restore land that has been affected by deforestation. Their goal is to lift one million people out of poverty using this approach, which will require the planting of 500 million trees.
Forest gardening is the world’s oldest form of land use and incorporates agricultural cultivation in conjunction with the natural ecosystem of the farmland. This low-maintenance and sustainable method of plant-based food production takes about four years to reach full maturity in the areas TREES currently serves. Yields from forest gardens can support multiple families and provide enough crops to trade or sell while also improving the ecosystem.
Our latest data indicates that the Forest Garden Approach ends hunger for most families after the first year. Only 13% of our project participants were food secure when they joined the program, and after just 12 months of planting Forest Gardens, 86% of our farmers are food secure.
Through the Forest Garden Approach, we are impacting the lives of their farmers and children, resulting in positive impacts for over 26,000 people so far. A total of 82% of our farmers have seen significant income increases and more than 92% now feeling capable to brace for any unforeseen circumstances the future may bring.
By decreasing the use of destructive farming practices such as burning, clearing and plowing, Forest Gardens reduce deforestation by eliminating farmers’ dependence on forests for food, timber, and many other non-timber forest products. The positive environmental impacts of a Forest Garden are endless.
There are many ways that trees are beneficial to both people and the environment: Trees are habitat for biodiversity; Trees create much of the planet’s oxygen; and, Trees help combat climate change – the list is nearly limitless, but we focus on the role trees play in agroforestry and in helping farming families improve their land quality and productivity. Agroforestry integrates trees into agriculture and landscapes, a model that is particularly appropriate for resource poor farmers in developing countries. In addition to providing fruits, berries, and nuts, trees provide environmental services that are essential for families in the developing world: they can improve the fertility of degraded soils (through nitrogen fixation), prevent wind and soil erosion (thereby also contributing to improved fertility), increase water penetration into underground aquifers, and contribute to improvements in the growing environment.
Trees help to lessen the wind that might affect crops, cool off ground temperatures, and trap moisture and nutrients in the soil so that food crops grow better in the improved microclimate. Trees also provide fodder for animals, create living fences, and can be a source of sustainable fuelwood production.
You may know Forest Gardens by other names, such as polyculture, permaculture, agroforestry, or something else – and these are all related and good descriptions of what we aim for – a multi-layered, multi purpose distribution of vegetables, bushes, and lots of trees – designed to optimize productivity of a piece of land. It is a farming system that thinks vertically, not just horizontally.
The triple bottom line: ending hunger, ending poverty, ending deforestation. One tree at a time. #ReceptraGives
Visit www.treesforthefuture.org to learn more.