Kenya Nursery

Sadhana Forest Kenya is located in a remote part of Kenya, in Samburu County; this means that we will need to be very self-reliant on growing the trees and shrubs we plan to distribute to the community.

The Nursery

Sadhana Forest Kenya (SFK) gives trainings in tree planting and aftercare techniques among other trainings. After completing the training, a family can choose which trees/shrubs they would like to have growing around their house in their personal food forest. Once a list is compiled SFK will transport the seedlings in the “Traveling Training Center” (the Toyota Hiace) and plant them together with the family around their home.

At the moment we have three nurseries; two to produce tree seedlings for community distribution and one show nursery. The show nursery will contain local, food producing species, so people can get a vivid impression about their size, looks and tastes.

What Saplings Are Produced

After a recent series of droughts and frequent events of intertribal cattle rustling, the Samburu have become increasingly food insecure. Eighty-six percent of Samburus live below the Kenyan poverty line (2013). Sadhana Forest Kenya’s goal is to try to find a long-term solution to this problem by creating food forests around people’s homes. SFK is still compiling a list of potential indigenous food-bearing species and sourcing seeds. Below is a list of potential edible species that have been identified:

  • Afzelia africana
  • Moringa stenopetala
  • Balanites aegyptiaca
  • Boscia coriacea Pax
  • Vangueria infausta
  • Tamarindus indica
  • Rumex usambarensis
  • Amaranthus caudatus
  • Portulaca oleracea
  • Vatovaea pseudolablab
  • Dovyalis abyssinica
  • Sclerocarya birrea