Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

The mission of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation is to benefit the environment, human health, and animal welfare by strategically donating and planting fruit and nut tree orchards where they will best serve communities for generations and to encourage the planting of 18 billion edible fruit trees worldwide.
Nov 6, 2013

Update

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your support of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation's "Fruit Tree 101" program. Our team is hard at work with project planning for implementation scheduled to start in the spring. We are excited to outreach to schools across the country and receive such strong interest from teachers, parents, and students who want to create greener and healthier campuses. There are over 500 schools on our waiting list now, and with additional support, we look forward to planting as many fruit trees with them as possible. Fruit Tree 101 will create outdoor, edible classrooms for schools, providing a source of improved nutrition and environmental education. We look forward to our next update with additional details. And again, our thanks to you and the entire GlobalGiving community for your generous support!

Gratefully,

The entire FTPF team

Oct 11, 2013

Orchards for India Final Report

On behalf of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, thank you for supporting our "Orchards for India" project in Vrindavan, India. We are excited to present this final project report from the field. We had the honor of working with students and families in the state of Uttar Pradesh to create a school orchard and provide poverty-stricken families with trees for a source of long-term sustenance.

Together, with our project partners at Food for Life Vrindavan (FFLV), we planted and distributed 500 fruit trees to help FFLV with their efforts to provide free, daily meals to low-income students and families in the community. Fruit trees were distributed directly to families, along with proper training in their care, so that generations could have fresh produce, literally at their fingertips. Education was provided to hundreds of students emphasizing the importance of trees for the environment and how to become excellent stewards of our planet.

Here are some excerpts from FTPF arborist Rico Montenegro's journal as he managed and implemented the projects on site:

Today’s school program and planting took place at the Sandipani Muni School at Kiki Nagla, where the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation had previously donated and planted fruit trees that are now thriving and producing fruit. The new planting site was located near the plains of the Jamuna River. The orchard will provide fruits and vegetables to feed all of Food For Life Vrindavan’s hunger relief programs (www.fflvrindavan.org).

Over 150 bright and enthusiastic female students came to the school program we provided, with much excitement as we discussed our roles in leaving the environment a better place than when we arrived. Afterwards, we planted a large orchard altogether in a magnificent, driving monsoon rain. Everyone was soaked and covered with soil. Even so, these children, who are no strangers to difficult conditions, were more than excited and overjoyed by their accomplishment. While waiting for transportation back to the school, all the girls gathered together to celebrate and sing traditional songs. It was definitely an exciting time for all, including members of the adjoining village who came down to witness the activity and post-planting jubilation.

Later, more than a hundred elementary students were in attendance for our final program. As always, they asked insightful questions about our topics, such as “why is a tomato really a fruit instead of a vegetable?”, “are the roots underground different with different plants?”, “why do some trees get sick and lose their leaves?”, and “how old can a tree really get?” It is always fun to watch the amazement in a child’s eyes when you tell them a fruit tree can live for hundreds of years!

The children we worked with on these projects are children whose homes are located not far from the school. Many live in tiny houses, in vacant lots, made of tarps, gunny sacks, sticks, and rags, with dirt floors. Yet, at school, the students are always clean, well-fed, polite, thoughtful, and intelligent—with no hint of the dire circumstances from which they come from daily. I’m personally so grateful that the planting of fruit trees in this project and the education about how to care for them and how to make the world a better place has left a lasting impression on these young people, as they are the future of the region. FTPF is so honored to be a part of this process.

On behalf of all those who will benefit from this important project, please accept our collective thanks to you and the entire GlobalGiving community for making it all possible! Please feel free to contact us for future updates on the growth of these fruit trees and to stay involved in our other projects.

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Jun 3, 2013

Trees for Tribes Final Report

Student at planting
Student at planting

On behalf of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, thank you for supporting our "Trees for Tribes" project in South Dakota. We are excited to present this final project report from the field. Last month, we had the honor of working on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to complete this set of orchard plantings to improve the environment, nutrition, and provide educational opportunities for generations of Native Americans. Pine Ridge is located in the poorest of counties in the country, where families are in dire need of sustainable sources of fresh produce.

Together, with our project partners and the tribal community, we planted with and distributed 300 large fruit trees to families, schools, and food pantry gardens serving those in need. Fruit trees were distributed directly to families, along with proper training in their care, so that generations could have fresh produce, literally at their fingertips. New community orchards of diverse fruit types were designed and installed, along with FTPF's signature environmental curriculum, horticultural workshops, and irrigation systems, at the following schools and community centers:

  • Little Wound School (Kyle, SD)
  • Red Cloud Indian School (Pine Ridge, SD)
  • Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (Porcupine, SD)
  • Whiteclay Soup Kitchen (Whiteclay, NE)
  • Oglala Lakota College (Kyle, SD)

In their own words, the Red Cloud Indian School described the planting as follows (taken from the school's online newspaper):

On a bright spring morning, a group of Red Cloud students walked out of their high school building and into a wide field on the north side of the school’s campus. They gathered in small groups and worked the ground with shovels and rakes—and one by one, planted 32 bare-root apple, pear and other fruit trees by hand. With the help of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, an award-winning international nonprofit dedicated to planting edible, fruitful trees and plants to benefit the environment and strengthen communities, they established an orchard that will provide needed fresh fruit to the school community.

“It will be nice to come back and see how the trees have grown years from now,” said one student as she put the final touches on a water catchment basin around a small apple tree.

For Red Cloud Executive Vice President Robert Brave Heart, the orchard represents a critical new resource for the school and the broader community. “Where we’re located on Pine Ridge Reservation, it is extremely difficult—and extremely expensive—to get access to fresh fruit.  We are truly in a food desert in many ways,” he said. “Growing our own fresh fruit on our own campus means we will be able to care for our students and our community in a new way. We’re so grateful to the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation for making this orchard possible.”

On behalf of all those who will benefit from this initiative, please accept our collective thanks to you and the entire GlobalGiving community for making this groundbreaking program possible! Please feel free to contact us for future updates on the growth of these fruit trees and to stay involved in our other projects.

Planting orchard at Red Cloud Indian School
Planting orchard at Red Cloud Indian School
Planting orchard at Thunder Valley CDC
Planting orchard at Thunder Valley CDC
Environmental curriculum at Little Wound School
Environmental curriculum at Little Wound School

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