Our focus on organic farming and the sustainable collection of underutilized indigenous plants reflects our long-term commitment to conservation agriculture in Zimbabwe, through eliminating the improper use of agro-chemicals and the subsequent reversal of land degradation. Organic farming ensures that the Trust uses environmental resources in a sustainable manner. It also provides small-scale farmers with the opportunity to minimize soil erosion, increase humus (carbon) levels in the ground and improve soil fertility. The elimination of artificial fertilizers and agrochemicals decreases the presence of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the soil, leading to drastic reduction of toxic chemicals. In addition, herbs and spices are processed using solar dryers, i.e., only with renewable energy resources.
An environmental impact assessment was a prerequisite for the Trust when it applied for certification from the Union of Ethical Biotrade, which was subsequently granted in February 2010. TheTrust is the first initiative in Africa to have achieved this. All wild harvesting of plants is undertaken in a sustainable way, so that the existing stocks are not harmed and their survival is not threatened. Wild harvesters are trained before the harvesting begins.