During the rainy season in Senegal, CREATE!’s field technicians help community members plant tree seedlings. Cooperative groups plant fruit and nut trees, such as papaya and cashew, to supplement their diets and provide another source of household income. Women also plant almond trees, flame trees, and acacias for windbreaks, fencing, and shade.
In Diender, cooperative members planted acacia mellifera trees along the fence line of their garden. These acacias grow fast, soon forming a nearly impenetrable barrier around the garden plot. This living fence will protect the garden from pests large and small, including cows, goats, donkeys, and rodents. Even snakes will not be able to slither through the acacia fence! Living fences are an inexpensive and culturally appropriate innovation for our cooperative gardens.