Plant Trees. Change Lives.

Since Oboz Footwear started in 2007, we have planted a tree for every pair of boots or shoes sold. Sure, once or twice a year we head out of our Bozeman, Montana HQ to get in the dirt planting trees with local groups, but most of our efforts are focused on our One More Tree program, which has a far greater impact.

We could not provide the results from this larger scale effort without our partnership with Trees for the Future, a non-profit that helps individuals and communities in Sub Saharan Africa plant trees. Their goal is to provide them with benefits from those trees, such as seeds, fruits and vegetables, as well as tools and knowledge to ensure a sustainable future. Trees for the Future has been around since 1989 and since then, has planted over 100 million trees. As for us, we’re proud to say we’re responsible for having planted 3 million trees and counting, with 1 million of those planted just last year.

As we continue to find ways to support Trees for the Future the best we can, we are extremely excited to announce that, beginning this year, we are committed to supporting the Tabora Forest Garden Project located in Tanzania, Africa.

Tabora, Tanzania

Tanzania is a large country with a vast array of climates and natural resources. In the Tabora region, rapid population growth has placed enormous pressure on natural and environmental resources. The Forest Garden Program is a simple, replicable and scalable approach with proven success. By planting specific types of fast-growing trees, fruit trees, hardwoods and food crops in a systematic manner over a four year period, families can positively change their lives forever. Forest Gardens consist of thousands of trees that provide families with sustainable food sources, livestock feed, products to sell, and, on average, a 400% increase in their annual income in four years.

Forest Gardens change everything.

What these trees do.

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The Process

Years 1-2 | Protection
Farmers learn how to protect, stabilize and segment their field by growing “fertilizer” trees and growing a protective barrier, the “Living Fence.”
Years 2-3 | Diversification
Farmers diversify their fields with a vegetable and fruit tree portfolio to meet the family’s priority nutritional needs and market opportunities.
Years 3-4 | Optimization
Farmers learn about advanced Forest Garden management and conservation techniques that optimize the long-term health and productivity of the land.

Follow our progress.

In March 2021, around harvesting time, we plan to get some footage of the project site, which we will share with you. We look forward to seeing the contrast between just one year’s difference!