Trees for the Future

Planting trees with families in the developing world, enabling them to restore their environment, grow more food, and build a sustainable future.
Sep 23, 2013

Tree Planting in Action

The main activities at the community of Bethel for the third quarter of 2013 consists of:

  • Rehabilitation of the nursery: After the first transplantation period from June to August, over 80 percent of seedlings at the nursery completely transplanted. Currently, we are about to replant seeds in the nursery to have enough seedlings for the second planting season. 
  • Maintenance of the nursery: Maintenance work at the nursery is performed to manage the remaining seedlings. After meetings with the community, it has been observed that there is excessive demands for fruit seedlings especially breadfruit (somnifero)
  • Transplantation: With the strong participation of the community of Bethel, we got to transplant more than 7,000 seedlings during the period from July to August . The main transplanted seedlings are: Cacia , Citrus , and Cedrela odorata,
  •  Training on management of agricultural and animal waste: With the high cost of chemical fertilizers on the Haitian market , to prevent cases of nutrient deficiencies at the nursery , TREES trained technicians on composting techniques using plant and animal waste.
  • Creation of mini-forest: With strong participation of women's organizations in the particular area ( Fanm vanyan Bethel ). We created a mini drill consisting essentially of Cacia , species that can adapt in extreme weather conditions. This association is very active in the area  and willing to mobilize a lot more of women. 

Plans for the Fourth Quarter consists of:

  1. Trainings and workshops for the community 
  2. Nursery replantings  
  3. Preparing sites for tree planting 
  4. Hosting community meetings to solve common issues linking to free grazing in the area 
  5. Tree planting 
  6. Agricultural infield technical assistance 
Jun 24, 2013

Bethel Project Progress Despite the Drought

Bethel Bareroot Nursery
Bethel Bareroot Nursery

Trees for the Future's biggest challenge during this reporting period is the lack of rainfall to sustain the trees after outplanting. Therefore, we are still waiting for the appropiate level of rainfall that can reach a level of sustainability for the plants to survive being outplanted on each individual farmer's properties. Despite the ongoing drought, Trees for the Future has been able to continue teaching the various agroforestry techniques such as: 

1) Intercropping

2) Assisted natural regeneration

3) Composting

4) Erosion control

5) Bareroot nursery establishment and maintence

More over the species that Trees for the Future has supplied to the community groups are: 

1) Morenga olefeira

2) Cassia senna

3) Swietenya macrophylla and mahogaony

4) Cedrela odorata

5) Catalpa longitissima

Despite the challenges with the drought, the recipients have a better understanding of the importance of community participation in the success of objectives. The farmers are showing more enthusiasm to plant trees especially fast-growing and multipurpose species. The community leaders have an increase in capacity to mobilize all members of the community for the project activities. The beneficiaries have a better understanding of the importance of trees for the natural environment, water conservation, and soil fertility. 

The activities planned for the next reporting period are based on the availability of sustainable rainfall. If there is enough rain, the group members will transfer the trees and plant on thier land. The farmers will also learn to prepare thier land and the nurseries to minimize the damages from the upcoming hurricane season. Furthermore, the activities will also include; 

1) Rehabilitation of the nurseries

2) Training/workshop for communities

3) Follow up in the previous tree plantations

4) Nursery maintenance

5) Agriculture service (in field technical support to farmers)

6) Community meetings to discuss about problems and ways to tackle them

7) Planning of the second tree planting of the year (meeting people and visiting possible sites of transplantation, preparation of sites)

8) Tree planting campaign +follow up on the tree plantations (replacing those trees lost during the first season planting) 

Despite the drought, Trees for the Future is continuing to empower the community groups to increase thier capacity to improve thier enviornment while increasing thier crop yields. The ultimate goal is to train the community members to a level in which they can go from subsistence agriculture to producing cash crops for markets. Thank you for your time, Im looking forward to any opportunity to further discuss this project.

Bethel nursery maintenance by community members
Bethel nursery maintenance by community members
Rural women
Rural women's group reforesting their land
Women's group planting trees
Mar 26, 2013

Anticipation of the Rainy Season

The trees in full bloom and ready for out-planting
The trees in full bloom and ready for out-planting

During the current reporting period, Trees for the Future in Haiti has been providing technical assistance to the farmers in anticipation of the first rains of the rainy season. There are over 10,000 trees in the nurseries that are ready to be out planted.  The community nurseries contain mixed varieties of species such as:

1)      Moginga Oleiferia

2)      Mangifera Indica

3)      Swietenya Macrophylla

4)      Simauruba Glauca

The majority of the technical assistance has consisted of helping each farmer to decide what agroforestry techniques they are going to apply to their land and creating a plan for the implementation.  The biggest short term goal of over 70 percent of the farmers is that they want to learn agroforestry techniques that will restore the nutrients of their soil and protect their land from erosion and landslides. Therefore, our technicians have adjusted the technical support to help the farmers reach their goals. The few of the adjusted techniques are:

          1)  live fencing

          2)  windbreak

           3)  soil improvement

           4)  composting

           5)  contour farming

           6)  hillside restoration

 All of the activities are accommodated towards the farmers being ready to plant immediately upon the arrival of the first rains of the rainy season. It is estimated that the first rains will come in the beginning of April.

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