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Mar 10, 2020

Tree planting in Hawai'i in 2020

Aloha friends,

Spring is just around the corner and that means FTPF is entering another fruitful planting season! We will be returning to Hawai'i later this summer to continue our work to bring the nutritional, environmental, and social benefits of fruit trees to Hawaiian communities. 

We have some exciting projects lined up including potential collaborations with a Native Hawaiian farmers association, a rescued animal sanctuary, and a lowland forest conservation group. It is important to continue our reach and work with local, innovative groups attempting to answer some of the island's most pressing problems.

We believe all Hawaiians deserve access to fresh, locally-grown food and a clean, bountiful environment--thank you for being a part of this work!

Mahalo nui loa,

Mar 9, 2020

Our next Trees for Tribes project

White Earth Nation orchard planting last year
White Earth Nation orchard planting last year

Spring is nearly upon us and we are gearing up for our next round of Trees for Tribes projects! This year, we will be working with the Bay Mills Indian Community in northern Michigan to plant community orchards on tribal lands in order to support their work towards food sovereignty and improved tribal member nutrition.

The Bay Mills Indian Community leadership applied directly to FTPF after learning about our other programs in the area with the White Earth Nation and Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. In their application, they told us why they want to plant fruit trees on their lands:

"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."

Thank you for your ongoing support of Trees for Tribes - with your help, FTPF will continue this work to support indigenous peoples' right to healthy, sustainable, locally-grown food! 

Mar 9, 2020

Our next Fruit Tree 101 projects

Spring is just around the corner and so are our next Fruit Tree 101 projects! We will be traveling to Uganda in a few short weeks for the sixth year in a row to plant tens of thousands of trees including at schools and low-income families' homes. 

Fruit trees for students in Uganda are a critical part of our approach to supporting increased access to healthy family nutrition in the region. We are very proud of the work we have already achieved here, with stories of students lining up several times a week to receive fresh fruits from their schoolyard orchards and of high school students being inspired to create climate-related initiatives to bring attention to the need to replant their country's trees. 

Thank you for your continuing support of Fruit Tree 101 and our work to make sure every student around the world has access to fresh, healthy nutrition and environmental education!

To a fruitful future,

The FTPF team

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