The change of attitude came when the farmers around the
field station saw the impact the Eden perennials had on the
environment and their annuals crops.
In 1992, the farmer east of the field station, whose millet was
shielded from the wind by the trees of the field station,
reported a harvest of 130 baskets. This was more than his
granary had room for, and he had to build two more.
The farmer to the west of the station harvested only 40 baskets,
because his field was unprotected from the wind and much
of his millet had been destroyed.
This spurred the farmers to order seeds from Eden in order
to revegetate their environment, and today, many of their
Eden trees are producing valuable fruits.
For more information, read about the
Millet protected by the trees of the field station (1992)
Unprotected millet (1992)