Green Goat Trees

A real, untouched image is not always what it appears, especially if one is still adjusting to the new year. Todays story is from Storm Cunningham who recently gave me some great Green advice and provides the world with inspiring stories of hope. Storm runs REVILTALIZATION which is a bi-monthly must have for like-minds.

In this case, it is about the trees, not the goats. The process of allowing trees to regenerate and nourish cropland without agrochemicals sounds simple, yet is as powerfully disruptive of an idea as the iPhone.

Farmer-managed natural regeneration is an agroforestry and agroecology technique in which native trees are carefully selected and left to grow on land often razed bare.

Leaves decompose and become fertilizer; roots fix nitrogen and build up soil structure and microbiology. Carbon is sequestered, soil retains moisture, and firewood — often scarce — is within easy reach through repeated pruning.

With the Sahel desert encroaching from the north and temperatures projected to rise, farmer-managed natural regeneration is one of the only innovations that can shield crops from extreme heat by providing partial shade. It is a very real form of resilience.

It’s hard to imagine a simpler, more appropriate technology to combat climate change, improve yields for millions of struggling farmers and make headway on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Farmer-managed natural regeneration is affordable — it requires no external inputs — and preserves local biodiversity that yields traditional foods and medicines.

But alliances are critical. Agroecology techniques, such as farmer-managed natural regeneration, bring together traditional forest conservationists, climate change funders, and indigenous peoples.

Oh yes, the image is goats eating Argan tree leaves in Morocco!



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