The heart of our Eco-Tree Program is our farmers. Nobody knows and understands the importance of our land better than a farmer, yet many are struggling to make ends meet. In many parts of the United States, decades of growing pine has depleted the soil leaving it useless for other crops. World Tree’s goal is to reverse this trend. A single Empress tree drops 200 lbs of nitrogen-rich leaves each year. The roots of Empress trees also take atmospheric nitrogen and convert it into useable soil nutrients, restoring the soil and making it suitable for other plants. Together, with our farmers, we are rebuilding the soil and bringing life back to the land.
It is critical that we align environmental and economic goals. We provide the farmers with the Empress trees for free, and give them the training and support they need to grow premium timber. The farmers receive 50% of any profits from the harvest. Then, something magical happens. The Empress tree regenerates from the stump and regrows without replanting. The trees will do this many times, providing the farmer with an ongoing source of revenue for up to 70 years.
World Tree also provides trees to farmers in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico. For these farmers, the trees provide much needed shade for plants like coffee. The added revenue stream from the timber helps to build their economic diversity, as they are less dependent on a single crop.
World Tree is currently seeking farmers in select areas of the United States, Costa Rica, Mexico and Guatemala for our 2020 planting.