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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.

Jun 12, 2018

Trees for Tribes in Minnesota - Summer 2018

Orchard at Honor the Earth of White Earth Nation
Orchard at Honor the Earth of White Earth Nation

The past month has been a fruitful one for Trees for Tribes and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. From May 14-19th, FTPF traveled across northern Minnesota to plant over 200 fruit trees on three very remote Reservations

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians: The Oshkiimaajitahdah Institute of Technology received 43 trees to extend the orchard planted here last year, which survived the -40 degree winter amazingly well! Extremely cold-hardy varieties are thriving at this community orchard which is the only one of its kind on the entire reservation.

Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians: Our third year here, we worked with the tribal Department of Forestry to create a 65 tree orchard at the new community garden site in the center of town. Our new friend Orville, a veteran and ex-logger, is the new caretaker of the orchard. He told us he feels as though he is finally able to balance his years of logging by planting and caring for this orchard.

White Earth Nation: FTPF partnered for the first time with the renowned indigenous rights group Honor the Earth to plant 100 fruit trees at three locations across the reservation, including a behavioral health center, indigenous-based school, and Honor the Earth's headquarters. Their founder and famous environmental activist leader Winona LaDuke began the planting by blessing the orchard through a prayer for past, present, and future environmental protectors, reminding us all of the rich histories of food cultivation that must be carried on as we fight for modern Native peoples' right for food sovereignty and health.

These remote tribal lands are very real food deserts, and our work to bring perennial sources of nutrition to native populations in this harsh climate is of immediate importance--and with your support, FTPF will return to plant more fruit trees here next year. Please consider donating towards the cause for Native food freedom today.

Oshkiimaajitahdah Institute at Red Lake
Oshkiimaajitahdah Institute at Red Lake
Leech Lake
Leech Lake's newest orchard caretaker Orville
Circle of Life Academy on the White Earth Nation
Circle of Life Academy on the White Earth Nation
Honor the Earth
Honor the Earth's HQ on the White Earth Nation
Behavioral Health
Behavioral Health's new facility at White Earth
 
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