The largest nursery we visited was Dr. Issaya's original one, a beautiful place with trees and shrubs of many varieties, including coffee trees.
Water is a very appreciated resource in Tanzania due to only two rainy seasons (the "long" and the "short"), so this nursery's water collection system was especially interesting - and probably quite helpful given the size of the site. Although it was a dry day, Dr. I. gave us a good demonstration of how the man-made pump worked.
We also noted the thatched "ceiling" over many younger plants, providing a shield from a very hot sun and keeping in as much moisture as possible.
Our last stop on the TREES tour was an eye-opening stop into Kilimanjaro National Park. The area surrounding Mt. Kilimanjaro used to be wrapped in natural forest, but sadly, as the photos show, that is no longer true. Poachers - tree poachers - have gone into the park and "farmed" the forest, decimating the natural landscape and threatening the environment (one of the reasons the "snows of Kilimanjaro" - the glaciers - are melting, is due to the loss of so many trees surrounding the mountain). Currently, TREES is trying to work with the Tanzanian government to gain permission to plant in the national park in an attempt to re-forest.
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