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Jul 16, 2018

Volcanic Activity - July 2018 Update

As we are sure many of you are aware, the Big Island of Hawai'i is experiencing on-going eruptions from the Kilauea volcano. Therefore, we are pausing this fundraiser due to the current situation that has affected so many operations on the Big Island and created emergency conditions for area residents and institutions.

As we learn more about the future of our area and what the Puna District will look like once the eruptions have halted, we will look forward to sending all of you updates on our plans.

Mahalo nui loa for your contributions towards protecting Hawaii's lowland forest, and please keep the island of Hawai'i and the residents of Puna in your thoughts.

Jun 12, 2018

Spring/Summer 2018 Fruit Tree 101 Update

Acres Homes Community Garden in North Houston, TX
Acres Homes Community Garden in North Houston, TX

Hello friends of FTPF,

This has been a great couple of months for the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and Fruit Tree 101! Since April, FTPF has planted over 200 fruit trees at 9 schools across 4 states from coast to coast. As each growing environment was unique, we chose specific varieties that would thrive in that zone, including extremely cold-hardy cultivars for the far north of Minnesota to drought-tolerant types for Arizona. Over 1,000 students participated in planting their new schoolyard orchards, ranging in age from toddlers to 18 years old. One high school student, who was out on a Sunday morning the day after prom, said,

"These trees are dope."

From a teenager the morning after prom, we take that as a high compliment! 

Below are some of our favorite snapshots from these schools, and we hope you get a sense of how fun and fulfilling these projects are for not only the students, but also for the staff, teachers, parents, and FTPF staff who came together to make them possible.

Sharpstown High School in Houston, TX
Sharpstown High School in Houston, TX
Cirle of Life Academy on the Red Lake Nation, MN
Cirle of Life Academy on the Red Lake Nation, MN
Coyote Springs Elementary in Prescott Valley, AZ
Coyote Springs Elementary in Prescott Valley, AZ
Avonworth Elementary in Pittsburgh, PA
Avonworth Elementary in Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 12, 2018

Fundraiser ending due to volcanic eruptions in Hawai'i

As we are sure many of you are aware, the Big Island of Hawai'i is experiencing on-going eruptions from the Kilauea volcano. Therefore, we are retiring this fundraiser due to the current situation that has affected so many operations on the Big Island and created emergency conditions for area residents and institutions. 

However, as we have already reached a sufficient amount to begin some of our planned projects around other parts of the island in the fall of 2018, we will look forward to sending updates soon. 

Mahalo nui loa for your contributions that have been absolutely critical in making these island orchards possible. Please keep the island of Hawai'i and the residents of Puna in your thoughts.

 
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