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Oct 17, 2019

Update on Uganda

Dir of Programs Brandy Lellou talks with farmers
Dir of Programs Brandy Lellou talks with farmers

Farmers in Uganda continue to harvest vegetable crops, which are bountiful fruits of their labors during this season.  They optimize their crops with contour farming, helping farmers shape their land based on slope to ensure they’re getting the most use out of their land while optimizing water use. Farmers also take this time to plant more crops on their farms to fill in extra space, maximizing production.

The combination of timber trees, fruit trees and vegetable plants have created more of an “abundance” mindset rather than a “scarcity” mindset with our farmers.  With the Forest Garden, they have food for their family to eat and food to take to sell at market.

 In addition, we are more earth-friendly through our enterprise-wide transition into using biodegradable tree sacs. These sacs are used in tree nurseries and help seedlings grow strong before farmers plant them into their fields.  This transition is a major step towards a more sustainable planting future.

Work continues in Uganda but as the original project is fully funded, we’ve opted to close this Global Giving project at this time.  

Existing recurring gifts will be directed to our project still to be funded in Tanzania.

Thank you for your investment in this work!  Please take a look at our just released Impact Report in the provided link to learn more.


If you have any questions, please contact Michele Levy, Individual Donor Advisor at 301-565-0630 ext 203 or michele@trees.org.

Our team has boots on the ground
Our team has boots on the ground

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Aug 13, 2019

Nursery Update

Farmers in Tanzania are working in their nurseries. We are able to be even more earth friendly through a countrywide distribution of biodegradable bags next week.  They will be used as we transplant seedlings to the field. 

Farmers in Trees for the Future's program are continuing their training for optimization of crops.  These techniques will help farmers into the future as they will use these not only in this planting season, but for many years to come. 

As water is such a critical resource for our farmers, Trees for the Future is dedicated to helping farmers save water on their farms as much as possible. In addition to water tanks provided to farmers, these on-farm techniques help to economize their rainwater use through smart (and natural!) farm design. Learnings from our water project in West Africa have us in the beginning stages of developing a more formalized water project in East Africa that will include future well rehabilitation in addition to other water-saving techniques.  We have identified needs to help communities with well restoration to help bring more water to their crops. 

In addition, our staff is working hard to get the farmers the tools they need to succeed in planting their Forest Gardens. Our Tanzania country staff has recently purchased wheelbarrows for each farmer, which will help them when they are optimizing their farms as well.    

Thank you for your continued support for this project!

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Aug 13, 2019

Harvesting Crops

Programs Director Brandy Lellou talks with farmers
Programs Director Brandy Lellou talks with farmers

Farmers in Uganda have been busily harvesting vegetable crops, which are bountiful fruits of their labors during this season.  They have been optimizing their crops with contour farming, which helps farmers shape their land based on slope in order to make sure that they’re getting the most use out of their space and optimizing water use. Farmers have also been filling in any gaps on their farms that could be more smartly utilized, helping to maximize production on their lands.   

The combination of timber trees, fruit trees and vegetable plants have created more of an “abundance” mindset rather than a “scarcity” mindset with our farmers.  With the Forest Garden, they have food for their family and food to take to market.

In addition, we are able to be even more earth-friendly through a countrywide distribution of biodegradable bags. These bags are used for tree nurseries and help seedlings grow strong before they are planted by farmers in their fields.  This bag biodegradable bag distribution is a major step towards a more sustainable planting future, and it was completed since our last update to you. 

Thank you for your support!

Our team has boots on the ground
Our team has boots on the ground
Preparing to take crops to market
Preparing to take crops to market

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