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    We Plant a Tree with Every Purchase

    With each purchase you make at Lavish & Lime, we'll plant a tree in Earthquake devastated Haiti through the non-profit organization Trees for the Future. Help us help Haiti, and the environment we all share - together we can make a difference.

    Trees for the Future LogoSince 1989, Trees for the Future has been helping communities around the world plant trees. Through seed distribution, agroforestry training, and their country programs, they have empowered rural groups to restore tree cover to their lands. Planting trees protects the environment and helps to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations.

    Support us in helping Trees for the Future and youíll be helping the people of threatened lands in developing countries - and the environment we share with them. Youíll be supporting a grassroots model of development focused on environmental and economic sustainability, thatís been in operation for more than 20 years.

    About Haiti

    Mdme Brisle in Cariyes, Haiti, 2009While regions worldwide would benefit from assistance, we chose Haiti because in the aftermath of its catastrophic earthquake, there is an urgent need to focus on the degraded environment there as the remaining natural resources will quickly be depleted. Haiti is witnessing a mass exodus from Port-au-Prince back to the rural areas. However, the severely degraded environment and stagnant rural economy will not be able to sustain these desperate refugees now, let alone into the future. They key is to direct efforts to improve the arable lands to support the people and provide long-term sources of income.

    Trees for the Future will concentrate its efforts on hillside restoration and soil improvement. Its agroforestry approach is based on sustainable agriculture practices that improve crop yields and provide food and income for the people of Haiti. We are aiding in the rehabilitation of the land by supporting the planting of the following trees in Haiti:

    • Leucaena leucocephala
    • Swetania macrophylla
    • Jatropha curcas
    • Moringa oleifera
    • Casuarina equisetifolia
    • Catalpa longitissima
    • Fruit trees (mango, citrus, avocado)

    About Agroforestry

    Filling sacks in Terre-Noire, Haiti, 2009 Agroforestry involves integrating trees into agriculture. These techniques are particularly appropriate for resource poor farmers in developing countries, as trees can improve the fertility of their lands (through nitrogen fixation), prevent wind and soil erosion (thereby also contributing to improved fertility), increase water penetration into underground aquifers, provide fodder for animals, create living fences, and also provide sustainable fuelwood production. Trees for the Future provides seeds, training, and on-site technical assistance to communities in developing countries so that they may pursue these tree planting projects.

    About Deforestation & Climate Change

    Tree Nursery in Berry, Haiti, 2009The earth is warming up, and the best available evidence points to the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases as the leading cause. Deforestation and climate change are intimately connected: globally, deforestation releases nearly 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, and is responsible for nearly 25 percent of man-made CO2 emissions. The destruction of the world's forests harms the communities that depend on them and increasingly affects us all.

    While the root causes of deforestation vary from region to region, there are some common solutions. Communities need seeds, training, and technical support in order to adapt long-standing cultural and agricultural traditions (such as gathering fuelwood in nearby forests and practicing slash-and-burn agriculture) to new realities. Starting nurseries and planting trees is part of this process.

    If you have any questions or would like more information about our plant a tree program, please contact us at or call us on 1-604-734-0088.

    Thank you for your support - it's greatly appreciated!

    The Lavish & Lime Team