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Through the “Trees for Life” model, farmers are encouraged to plant a combination of fruit, fodder and timber trees on their farmland. Designed to bring tree-based agriculture back to the heart of Indian farming, through this agroforestry model, farmers are guided to choose and plant the right kind of tree sapling. The trees are selected to take care of all issues like crop failure, soil erosion and water inadequacy, thereby creating a self-sustaining movement.

How We Do It

The Problem

The Problem

Tamil Nadu faces the serious threat of desertification in the coming years. Extreme weather conditions and unsustainable farming methods have depleted ground water tables, eroded topsoil, and curbed the agricultural livelihood of thousands of rural families over the past two decades. With a rise in the price of farm inputs, delayed rainfall, shortage of labor and increased cost of living, the repercussions for an average farmer is far more disastrous than what meets the eye. Most farmers have abandoned traditional, sustainable agriculture and now depend on high-interest loans from banks or money lenders to continue their livelihood.

Solution

Solution

Planting trees is the simplest solution to our present day environmental problems.

Under the agroforestry model, farmers are educated about sustainable land use that maintains and increases total yields by combining food crops and tree-based ones. Farmers are also encouraged to plant a combination of fruit, fodder and timber trees in the periphery of their farmland.

Trees bring biodiversity, soil fertility, a cooler climate, cleaner air and increased rainfall. Their yields reduce agricultural expenditure while creating the possibility of future income through small-scale forestry enterprises.

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14 stories about TREES FOR LIFE

Story of Nanda Kumar

Story of Nanda Kumar

Though I am astrologer by profession, I have always wanted to plant trees in my farmland. But I had no idea where to start or how to do things. This is where Isha stepped in and helped me follow my passion.
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What You Can Do

Distribute Saplings

Distribute Saplings

We have 32 nurseries spread across Tamil Nadu. Visit our nurseries to take saplings for planting or to give them as gifts for special ocassions.
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Become a PGH Ambassador

If you don't live in Tamil Nadu, you could still be a project volunteer by raising awareness and helping us raise funds.
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Start a Campaign

Start a Campaign

Tell the world you want to make a difference by starting your own campaign to plant trees.
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Spend a day in our Isha nurseries and offer your services to Mother Earth.
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SPREAD THE WORD

Be part of our awareness campaigns to let people know the importance of planting trees.

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