We're on a mission to plant 1 million trees in partnership with small-scale farmers.
Deforestation for agricultural expansion causes 15–18% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Agroforestry can help. It’s a solution that benefits farmers and the planet. By planting trees in agroforestry systems — together with crops — farmers can meet community needs, generate income through organic and fair trade product sales, and enhance their climate resiliency.
Grow Ahead helps by developing local partnerships with small-scale farmer organizations. Then, these organizations have the resources and education to plant trees in agroforestry systems that go on to support community food security and reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, also known as carbon sequestration.
Grow Ahead programs also boost the economic resilience of farmers by diversifying their income sources. Despite strong market prices for organic and fair trade products, farmers need support and investment to shift to a resilient, regenerative future. That is where you can help.
Agroforestry is a way of planting crops and trees together to improve social, economic, and environmental benefits. Agroforestry “systems” help farmers restore water and nutrients to their soil, increase the production of food, and pull carbon out of the atmosphere.
See Current Agroforestry Campaigns
For just $2 per tree, you can join us and small-scale farmers in tackling climate change and growing vibrant food forests around the globe.
Campaign Goal: $60,000
Grow Ahead has teamed up with Communal Assets of the Lacandona Zone (BCZL) to support traditional Mayan agroforestry to boost biodiversity, support soil health and restore freshwater in the lagoons, rivers and springs of the Lacandona Jungle.
Campaign Goal: $50,000
Grow Ahead has teamed up with Association for Agricultural Cooperation, Education and the Environment of the state of Pernambuco (ACAEMPE) to support the planting of 80,000 trees and promotion of an environmental education program in Pernambuco, Brazil.
Campaign Goal: $10,000
Grow Ahead has teamed up with Association for Cooperativa del Sur del Cauca (COSURCA) and Cooperative Coffees to expand agroecological capacities and community adaptability practices to climate change in Macizo and Sur del Cauca, Colombia.
How Grow Ahead Works
Reforestation has been a hot topic in the world of sustainable climate solutions. What makes Grow Ahead different is not just what we are doing, it’s how we are doing it.
Partner directly with local farmers
Prioritize growth of strong forest systems over immediate tree count
Plant in agroforestry systems
Project plan and tree planting is implemented by community organizations
Combine needs of food security and gender equity into reforestation
Build in farmer-to-farmer training on agroforestry and replanting
Reforestation projects planned by local communities and based on trust in local expertise.
Creation of community committees for maintenance and upkeep of seedlings
Strategically plant trees and crops together to enrich soil