Root to Fruit currently employs 15 full-time staff and 6 part-time staff members, led by our forestry expert, Mr. Master Banda. Master served in Malawi’s Forestry Department for 19 years, with a focus on nursery establishment, management, and community mobilization and has been an invaluable asset to the Root to Fruit team. Together, the team works tirelessly to raise strong, healthy seedlings, educate community members about the importance of trees in Malawi, and train Tree Clubs how to plant and care for the seedlings they have planted.
Chintheche Inn Nursery
The Chintheche Inn Nursery is located within the grounds of Chintheche Inn: a serene, lakeside lodge run by Central African Wilderness Safaris (CAWS). This site was the first nursery to be constructed, originally established by CAWS in 2009. It is our largest nursery and is currently forecasted to hold 38,000 seedlings. Adjacent to the nursery, is the Root to Fruit Information Centre, which offers guests a place to explore the issues of deforestation and reforestation in Malawi. This centre also acts as a training space for staff from all four nurseries, as well as the starting point for a guest tours.
Our Team Members - Chintheche Inn Nursery
Kapeska Nursery is located in the community of Kapeska itself, next to a river of the same name. This site is especially encouraging to Root to Fruit because the land for the nursery itself was donated by the local Village Headman, Chief Kanyanda, for Root to Fruit to use for the next 3 years. Chief Kanyanda was so excited to have trees planted in his area that he choose to partner with us, and we are certain that his passion for the village of Kapeska will encourage many community members to get involved as well.
Our Team Members - Kapeska Nursery
Amos Nursery is located in the community of Dongo Lituwa, which translates to “white soil” in the local language of Chitonga. The name “Amos” was chosen in honor of the previous owner of the land on which the nursery was built. The nursery is 10 x 17 metres and houses 20,000 seedlings. It is a triangular-shaped piece of land, bordered on two sides by streams, which provide us with a reliable watersource, and there are many beautiful, mature trees surrounding the area that provide us with constant inspiration.
Our Team Members - Amos Nursery
Mazembe Nursery is located in the community of Mazembe, just 5 minutes south of the popular tourist destination of Kande. The nursery is 15 x 22 metres, containing 20,000 seedlings, and is nestled between the Mazembe River and the M5 Highway, making it the perfect location for travellers to stop in and learn about reforestation efforts in Malawi. There are plans to build an information centre onsite an interactive learning environment for schools, tourists, and local community members.