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Jul 7, 2020

Safely moving forward with Hawai'i tree plantings

Dear friends,

Although our team has had some setbacks and postponements due to the global crisis, we are excited to move forward with our next Hawai'i island tree planting projects.

Next month, FTPF will plant a 50-tree orchard at a local farm animal sanctuary and approximately 100 native trees in a local forest reserve. Our aim is to continue providing fruit and native trees to the island to ensure a more sustainable, self-sufficient, and bountiful future for the Hawaiian people, animals, and island communities. We have been implementing safety measures at all our events and following local guidelines and recommendations to ensure the safety of our volunteers, staff, and neighbors.

We will send updates from these plantings in our next project report, and, in the meantime, will be working hard to continue fundraising to bring as many fruit trees to our islands as possible!

Jul 7, 2020

Summer 2020 Fruit Tree 101 updates

New orchard planted at Denver Green School
New orchard planted at Denver Green School

Dear friends,

Although our programs have had some setbacks and postponements due to the global crisis, we are proud that we have been able to safely and successfully begin implementing this year's Fruit Tree 101 projects.

Last month, FTPF held two Fruit Tree 101 events in Denver. The first, a 50-tree orchard, was planted in collaboration with Sprout City Farms at Denver Green School. The second, which was originally planned to be a new 25-tree orchard at Kohl Elementary school in Broomfield, turned into a fruit tree distribution event. Although we had originally planned to plant an orchard on campus, the school is completely closed due to the pandemic, so we decided this would be a great alternative to bring the benefits of fruit trees to Kohl students! Our arborist held a planting workshop, going over proper planting technique and site selection as well as answering any questions, before distributing the trees to participating families.

As we adjust to this new normal, rest assured that FTPF will be finding ways to continue on our mission to bring fruit trees and education to children and families around the world. We have several more Fruit Tree 101 projects scheduled for the fall and we will keep you updated on how those unfold over the coming months.

Thank you for your support during these challenging times!

Keeping safe planting Denver's newest orchards
Keeping safe planting Denver's newest orchards
Kohl Elementary tree distribution to families
Kohl Elementary tree distribution to families
Jul 7, 2020

Postponing our 2020 Trees for Tribes program

Red Lake Band of Chippewa apple orchard
Red Lake Band of Chippewa apple orchard

Dear friends,

We at the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation are saddened that we have had to postpone our 2020 fruit tree planting and distribution projects with the Bay Mills Indian Community due to the COVID19 crisis. However, these wonderful projects, including orchard plantings at the community college farm, a historic orchard, and the tribal child development center, have been rescheduled for the spring of 2021. We are dedicated to this community and to bringing the environmental, cultural, and nutritional benefits of fruit trees to their people and lands.

In the meantime, FTPF is busy working to fundraise for more Trees for Tribes projects around the country. We have several new exciting projects in the works and look forward to providing you with more details as those orchards come to fruition.

To a fruitful future for all people,

The FTPF team

 
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