Planting Trees to Reclaim the Desert

Planting Trees to Reclaim the Desert

From Academy Of Self-Reliance

We are raising funds to plant 2020 trees on land near Delta, Utah that is at risk of desertification as part of a larger effort to create and share a sustainable model of transforming desert land to productive land.

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Trees are good for many things; air purification, wildlife refuge, and beauty to name a few. But trees are also capable of transforming and healing land that has been desertified or is at risk of desertification. It is the goal of the Academy Of Self Reliance Co-op to transform our rural Utah land at risk of desertifying into beautiful, productive lands and create a model for others in the Rocky Mountain region to emulate. By changing the land, we will make spaces that function as educational demonstration projects for teaching people about regenerative agriculture and permaculture principles.

The Project

For the year 2020 we are chasing after the ambitious goal of planting 10,000 trees on our property located in rural northwestern Utah for the purpose of healing the land and turning it into a place of productivity and beauty to support our future agricultural co-op goals. For our first event, we are inviting co-op shareholders and the interested public to come to our property for a kickoff volunteer project of planting 2020 trees on two separate 4 acre plots in mid-June. We are striving to transform the land in a way that establishes beauty and invites native wildlife, including honeybees, for the purpose of creating successful demonstration projects that others can replicate within the Rocky Mountain region. By starting small with two 4 acre plots, we give ourselves the best chance of success while leaving room for learning how we can improve for the next tree planting project we hope to host later this summer.

Why We Need Your Help

We are currently working with the University of Utah agricultural extension, 4H, professional horticulturalists, local nurseries, and big box stores to secure the resources we need, but we are still in need of money to purchase the native trees and shrubs we know will be most beneficial to the land. Your donation goes to purchasing the native trees and shrubs we need for this event. In the event that we receive funds in excess of our needs to purchase trees, those funds will be used for the volunteer event incidentals such as carpooling, shade tents, and portable restrooms. Should donations exceed even those expenses, the extra money will help us with the tree planting events and agricultural efforts we hope to make later this year.

Who We Are

We are the Academy Of Self Reliance, a 501c3 non-profit that seeks to equip individuals with knowledge and skills of how to lead a self-reliant lifestyle. As part of our mission, we host online seminars and in person events that educate individuals on aspects of self-reliance ranging from preserving and storing food to building with alternative materials to preparing and transforming land to a state of productivity. It is our goal to turn our property into a place where regenerative agriculture, permaculture principles, and alternative building techniques can be taught to the public as a form of education in self-reliance. You can learn more about our mission and goals by visiting

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