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Sep 11, 2019

150 fruit trees planted at Hawai'i Island schools!

Hawai'i Island students with a new soursop tree

Aloha friends,

Our most recent Fruit Tree 101 schoolyard orchards took place in Hawai'i, where over the past month we planted 150 fruit trees at schools all across Hawai'i island. Types of trees planted include mango, avocado, white guava, mulberry, cacao, rollinea, pink jackfruit, Suriname cherry, acerola, soursop, white and red mountain apple, jaboticaba, clove, cinnamon, Brazilian plum, starfruit, abiu, Meyer lemon, Calamondin lime, Valencia orange, tangelo, kumquat, tangerine, and navel orange! Below is a list of the Hawai'i Fruit Tree 101 orchards donated this month (click on the link to see photos from the planting events):

Kealakehe Elementary School: 23 trees planted & 8 trees given away to school teachers and staff

Konaweana High School Agricultural Farm: 25 trees

Lapahoehoe Public Charter School: 24 trees

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Elementary & Intermediate School: 7 trees

Malamalama Waldorf School: 18 trees

Hawai'i Academy of Arts & Sciences Upper School: 8 trees

Hawai'i Academy of Arts & Sciences Lower School: 7 trees planted & 10 given away to students' families

Kohala Elementary School: 25 trees

Mahalo nui loa to each and every one of you who have supported this project, we truly could not do it without your support and aloha for Fruit Tree 101!

To a fruitful future for all students,

The FTPF Team
Sep 11, 2019

Our next Trees for Tribes project...

Bay Mills Indian Community
Bay Mills Indian Community

Dear friends,

We are currently planning our next Trees for Tribes projects which will take place in the spring of 2020. We have received an appeal to participate in our programs from the Bay Mills Indian Community in the very north of Michigan near the Canadian border. The tribe would like to plant and distribute hundreds of fruit trees on their lands and to rural Native American families in order to support native food sovereignty and overall health and well-being. As the tribe described to FTPF:

"The Bay Mills Indian Community is a rural Native American community that is currently experiencing astronomical levels of obesity and chronic diseases, with 54% of the adult population currently being categorized as obese/overweight, as compared to the Michigan average of 31%. If given the opportunity to plant an orchard, the community will derive significant benefits related to increased access to wholesome, nutrient-dense foods, while also increasing knowledge of new planting techniques that they can duplicate at home to supplement their diets."

We want to fulfill this wish of filling their lands with fruit trees. Therefore we are asking friends of FTPF to donate today to make this project possible--every donation is a step towards ensuring native communities have access to healthy, locally grown, perennial fruit that will nourish and feed tribal communities for decades.

To a fruitful future for all native peoples,

The FTPF Team

Aug 26, 2019

Brazil is burning...

Ola friends, I'm sure many of you have seen the news about the recent devastating fires ravaging the lungs of our planet that is the Amazon Rainforest. In Brazil alone, there have been more than 74,000 fires across the country this year, and nearly 40,000 fires across the Amazon. This surge in burning has accompanied a spike in deforestation in general. More than 1,330 square miles of the Amazon rainforest have been lost since January, a 39 percent increase over the same period last year, according to The New York Times.

One way we can fight deforestation is simple: reforestation. FTPF's work in Brazil will continue to replant with fruit trees in order to not only provide food and shade for Brazilians but also for the incredible diversity of Brazilian wildlife. Our projects have already had impacts on local wildlife by creating habitat sanctuaries for birds in areas that had been without such populations previously.

We must act now. We much continue planting trees in Brazil. We must support our Brazilian friends in their efforts to preserve the incredible landscape of their country.

Muito obrigada,

The FTPF Team

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