Safia's land & hope renewed with her Forest Garden
By Ashleigh Burgess and Lizz Dailey Norikane | Trees for the Future Staff
Safia in her Forest Garden
Safia, one of the farmers in Trees for the Future's Forest Garden farming program, is making the most of her land, time, and energy by cultivating a Forest Garden. Ending her second year in the program, Safia looks forward to her vegetables growing for her family to eat and to sell at market. Her trees are steadily growing since she planted them last year. This upcoming planting season, she will grow okra, pumpkin, amaranth, and spinach, alongside her sunflowers, maize, and chickpeas that she currently grows. While her region of Tanzania is dry, the intercropping techniques she is learning really help conserve soil moisture and help to keep the rain that does fall on the land.
Through her trainings with Trees for the Future, Safia's land has been given renewed purpose. She plans and plants things thoughtfully and to maximize her land and the soils health. Moreover, she also enjoys the camaraderie of her farmer group and often barters and trades among the group. With the proceeds from selling vegetables at market, Safia looks forward to establishing savings for the first time, hoping her children will be able to achieve a higher level education. She plants and plans so that her children's future can look bright.
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