Free tree program


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10 years

Seeking Farmers for 2021 Planting

Free trees, training and support for farmers 
Fast-growing premium genotypes selected for lumber production
Valuable hardwood within in 8-12 years
Receive 50% of profits from the sale of the lumber 
Ongoing revenues for up to 70 years 

Are you looking for new ways to generate revenue from your land? We are looking for farmers with unused acreage to grow our fast-growing Paulownia (Empress trees) for the purposes of timber production. The model is simple: World Tree provides the trees training and support; you plant and care for them; World Tree brings a buyer for the lumber and together we share in the profits.

Whether it’s through depleted soil or land that is too expensive to farm, your unused acreage is taking money out of your pocket. World Tree provides a way that you can get started with a highly profitable crop, with the full support and experience of our team.

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How it works

The World Tree Eco-Tree Program provides a pathway for farmers to start growing Paulownia (Empress) trees, with the help and support of an experienced team. We give you the trees for free, we train and support you in the best growing methods and we bring a buyer for the lumber when the trees are ready for harvest.

World Tree already has 3000 acres under management, working with over 150 farmers. We are looking to expand our program with farmers in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington State.

As a farmer, you will receive 50% of the profits on harvest. Not bad, when you consider that premium quality timber currently sells for between $3 and $14 a board foot. A well-managed farm yields up to 30,000 board feet of lumber per acre. If we sold this for $3 a board foot (the current market low) you would receive $45,000 per acre.

The program is funded by World Tree’s investors who also share in any profits from the harvest. Once harvested, Empress Splendor trees regenerate from the stump and can be grown again for up to seven harvests. After the first harvest, the trees belong entirely to you and you can reap the benefit of all future harvests.

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We are looking for farmers who have …

Farmland in zones 7 through 11
Elevation less than 2200 feet
Clay sandy loam soil or better
At least 10-20 acres of available land

Your success is our success. World Tree only makes money on the harvest when you do. We will support you every step of the way, making sure that your trees are well managed so they produce the highest quality lumber possible. Specifically you will receive:

  • A minimum of 1100 trees (10 acres)
  • Individualized support to ensure successful growth
  • Access to the ‘Growers Guide’ and online support materials
  • 50% share of all the profits of the sale of the lumber
  • Lumber currently sells for $3-$14 per board foot or more, depending on quality
  • A well-managed plantation produces 30,000 board feet of lumber per acre
  • A buyer for the lumber that World Tree brings to you
  • You keep the trees after the first harvest

About the Empress tree

Genus: Paulownia
Growing zone: 7-11
Soil: Clay, sandy loam or better Elevation: Less than 2200 ft
Time to maturity: 10 years
Sells for: $3-$14 per board foot Board foot per acre: 30,000

How to Qualify

The first step in becoming a World Tree farmer is to speak with us. Fill in the contact form below and either Roy, Nick or Kara from our farmer support team will give you a call.

Or you can email us directly for more information. The most important factor in determining if this program is a fit for you is your land location. You need to have at least 10 acres of suitable land in one of our growing areas to qualify. See the map below for our current growing locations (where green areas are ideal, and yellow areas are potential growing areas depending on your exact location).

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