YOGO has planted over 28,100 forest garden trees through our "one for one" Food Trees program.
With every yoga mat you purchase, YOGO provides a food-bearing tree plus restorative agroforestry training and supplies for a poor family through our partner NGO.
Our partner NGO has completed over 30 years of forestry work and is currently working alongside their local staff in African countries Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, and Tanzania. These long-term programs address poverty by fully equipping farmers to produce food, restore the environment, and create goods for sale.
Trees for the Future works for five years with each family to provide sustainable agriculture and related training so that each family can independently and permanently feed themselves and farm in a way that restores the environment. “Forest gardens” revitalize degraded land and help avoid deforestation in tropical areas.
Our program addresses one of the true roots of deforestation: poverty. Instead of just plopping saplings into a hillside, it creates dense "forest gardens" that feed whole communities. Agroforestry is a system that mixes trees (some food-bearing) with other diverse crops. It restores soil and produces a dense outflow of mixed foodstuffs and fibers. By supporting restorative agriculture, the program effects a triple-impact of healing the environment, providing food, and providing long-term livelihoods that help poor families help themselves.
Environmental benefits include about one ton of sequestered carbon for each tree planted over its lifetime, avoided deforestation of the rainforest, and arid and degraded areas converted into sustainable farmland.
WHEN YOU PLANT TREES, YOU ALSO:
help families feed themselves
provide permanent employment
create educational opportunities for children
permanently increase the income of poor farmers
build strong communities
create fodder to feed livestock
reverse environmental degradation
remove tons of carbon from the atmosphere
provide fuel so villagers don’t need to cut down trees