Your Questions Answered
How do I qualify?
To be accepted as a World Tree farmer you must meet the following minimum criteria:
- Farmland in zones 7 through 11
- Elevation less than 2200 feet
- Clay sandy loam soil or better
- At least 20 acres of available land
What do I get?
Farmers in the program receive:
- A minimum of 2200 trees (20 acres)
- Individualized support to ensure successful growth
- Access to the ‘Growers Guide’ and online support materials
- 50% share of all the profits of the sale of the lumber
- Lumber currently sells for $3-$14 per board foot or more, depending on quality
- A well managed plantation produces 30,000 board feet of lumber per acre
- A buyer for the lumber that World Tree brings to you
- You keep the trees after the first harvest
Your success is our success. World Tree only makes money when you do and we will be your partner every step of the way in making sure that your trees grow and are well managed so that they produce the highest quality lumber.
If you would like to gain experience growing Paulownia you can also talk to us about the Intro Package for Farmers.
About the Empress tree
Growing zone: 7-11
Soil: Clay, sand loam or better
Elevation: Less than 2200 ft
Time to maturity: 10 years
Sells for: $3-$14 per board foot
Board foot per acre: 30,000
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are these trees free?
That’s where you come in. We need farmers to grow these trees on our behalf. When the trees reach maturity, the profits are split between you, the investors and World Tree. You receive 50% of the profits and the partners and World Tree receive 25% each.
How much money can I expect to make?
How do I qualify for the program?
How and when do I get my trees?
Who owns the trees?
Will there be a contract?
The terms of the contract include bi-annual reporting so that we can track the progress of your trees.
How many trees do I get?
Do the trees require a lot of care? How can I be sure they will grow well?
You are responsible for growing the trees when they arrive and taking care of them as they mature. We will periodically send a World Tree specialist to visit you in person. They will support you in answering any questions, maximizing your crop, and ensuring a successful harvest.
What happens if I lose my trees?
If you lose your trees in the first two years for any reason other than negligence, World Tree will replace your trees. After the first two years the trees will be covered by crop insurance.
The insurance only covers severe weather, fire or other ‘acts of God’. If you lose your trees through neglect or poor maintenance and we are unable to work with you to find a solution, you will be removed from the program.
What happens to the trees when they mature?
You also have the option to buy the logs yourself at market price. This may be a good option for you if you have a mill and/or you feel you can get a higher price for the lumber.
Once the lumber has been sold, the proceeds are split three ways. The farmer receives 50% of the proceeds, while the partners and World Tree receive 25% each.
Once harvested, the trees regenerate from the root.
What happens to future harvests?
After the first harvest, the trees are 100% yours and you keep all of the proceeds from growing the trees. This creates an on-going revenue stream for you and the next generation. If you would like World Tree to help you brokerage the lumber, we are happy to do that for 10% of the proceeds.
Is the Empress Splendor tree invasive?
The Empress Splendor tree belongs to the genus Paulownia. There are many different species of Paulownia and there is only one that is classified as invasive, the Paulownia tomentosa (http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/plants/printree.shtml). We do not use this variety, choosing instead non-invasive species such as the Paulownia fortuneii.
The Rainforest Alliance has chosen Paulownia as an an ecologically sound tree for the purposes of eforestation and carbon sequestration (http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/business/climate/validation-verification/projects/paulownia). The Rainforest alliance is internationally recognized as a certification program for sustainable forestry and best practices for tree planting and agroforestry.
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