How can we avoid another tragedy?
In 2016, a severe drought caused our neighbors to lose 80% of their cattle and most of their crops. We began the 1000 Tree Project to address the challenges faced by marginal farmers in Yelchatti and the surrounding villages. Through this project, we support farmers in their transition to Organic Tree Based Agriculture.
The first farmers to participate were a collective of 4 farmers holding 10 acres. They agreed to plant a minimum of 1000 trees, transition to organic farming and engage in water harvesting measures. Two more collectives joined in 2019 with combined land of 60 acres and plans to plant
This project is not just about planting trees. It is about ecological regeneration that transforms landscapes and people, other life forms and the entire watershed.These farmers demonstrate the climate resilient design necessary to be sustainable in a time of harsh and erratic weather.
The 1000 Tree Project is a Holistic Framework that integrates practical, long term solutions including Water Management, Soil Building, and Land Planning using Tree-based Agroforestry and Polyculture Systems. We seek to establish food, fodder and livelihood security for the marginal farmers here through a cooperative model.
- Protect their Crops and Prevent Overgrazing from Wildlife with support for fencing
- Prevent farmers from becoming landless
- Prioritising crops for food and fodder and sharing surplus
- Earthworks - Harvest water & manage runoff
- Irrigation, water and maintenance support for 3 years
- Prepare planting plans (cropping calendar)
- Tree saplings plantation - access to high quality saplings
- Access to native seeds