Organic Fruit Tree and Medicinal Herb Nurseries

Dec 14, 2011

The Planting Season Begins in January!

HAF's project manager visiting tree project site

The planting season begins in January 2012.  Now is when you can make a profound difference in the lives of rural Moroccan families.  Eighty-five percent of rural households earn less than the national average.  The low market-value of traditional staples barley and corn (grown on approximately 70 percent on Moroccan farmland yet generate 10-15 percent of agricultural revenue) has compelled farmers to transition to plant cash-crops, most commonly fruit trees, to generate significantly greater income.


This community fruit tree nursery project integrates solutions to socio-economic and environmental challenges facing rural Moroccan communities. The project benefits include:

  • Increasing multiple-fold average household incomes from fruit sales;
  • Diversifying the rural economy and creating employment;
  • Strengthening the natural environment by planting fruit trees that do not require pesticides and that will prevent soil erosion and desertification;
  • Developing the agricultural technical skills of rural farmers, specifically in regard to tree nursery management (including, grafting, planting, treatment of diseases, and marketing);
  • Diversifying diets and contributing to public health; and
  • Strengthening democratic processes and creating diverse partnerships to alleviate poverty.


Further, the approach of building a community-managed nursery provides special advantages:

  • Saplings are a fraction of the cost of two year old trees ready to be planted in orchards;
  • Community nurseries involve the transfer of important technical skills that enable rural people to replenish their orchards in the future; and
  • Nurseries are new and innovative profit-making enterprises and are needed to expand to meet the immense demand for fruit trees by rural Moroccan communities.

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Project Leader

Yossef Ben-Meir

President of the High Atlas Foundation
New York City and Marrakech, NY (US) & AlHaouz (Maroc) Morocco

Where is this project located?

Map of Organic Fruit Tree and Medicinal Herb Nurseries