Organic Fruit Tree and Medicinal Herb Nurseries

by High Atlas Foundation
Vetted
Dec 14, 2011

The Planting Season Begins in January!

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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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High Atlas Foundation

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.highatlasfoundation.org
Project Leader:
Jacqueline Seeley
New York City and Marrakech, NY (US) & AlHaouz (Maroc) Morocco
$10,444 raised of $26,880 goal
 
93 donations
$16,436 to go
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