New Pod Press!

by Community Forests International on December 27, 2010

Last week our carpenter Ali (aka Mbobo) completed his work on our new pod press for the Chasasa Area Community Nursary. This press is used to compact organic material into nutrient rich containers to house tree seedlings. The use of these pods is still in the development phase however they offer the promise of allowing CFI to go plastic free by replacing the traditional black plastic bags with the new organic pods.

The press was originally developed by the legacy foundation ( to produce charcoal alternatives called briquettes. The difference between a fuel briquette and a plant pod is only in the recipe and the mold, briquettes are thicker and designed to burn while the pods are slender and help enhance plant growth. We hope to use the same press to adapt both methods, not only allowing us to put more trees in the ground, but also to reduce the stress on existing forests by offering alternates to charcoal and firewood.

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