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Nov 1, 2019

We're off to Peru!

One month from now, the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation will be in Peru working with our partner NGO CONAPC and local families to plant 6,000 fruit trees along the Amazon River. The purpose of this project is to provide a source of improved nutrition, environmental benefits, and income for families and schools in Amazonian Peru and encourage the conservation of the Amazon forest. 

Peru is home to a wide array of delicious fruit trees, with tropical varieties that many people have never tried or even heard of! Our partner nursery has been hard at work custom growing thousands of trees to get them to a viable size for the project. The selected fruit trees will consist of a variety of cultivars that provide a range of benefits for the environment and human nutrition and are also marketable. Varieties were selected through direct input from participating communities and families. Only tree species that are known to thrive in the region shall be planted. We will plant and distribute about 20 tree types, including: aguaje, cacao, camu camu, coconut, lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, copoazu, acai, taperiba, uvilla, and uvos.

Follow along with FTPF staff and volunteers on Instagram and Facebook starting December 1st, 2019, as we plant and distribute these 6,000 fruit trees to local families and farmers along the Amazon River in Peru!

To a fruitful future,

The FTPF Team

Nov 1, 2019

December plantings in Keau'ohana Forest Reserve

Aloha friends,

We are very excited to be heading back to the Big Island of Hawai'i at the end of the year to once again help reforest the Keau'ohana Forest Reserve! We will be working with Keau'ohana Native Rainforest Restoration (KNRR) to reforest and replant this precious ecosystem with native 'ohe and ohi'a trees in order to help maintain this unique reservoir of rare native biodiversity.

If you are interested in joining us and KNRR for a planting workday, follow along on our Facebook page or sign up on KNRR's website for volunteer information.

We look forward to seeing you in the forest soon!


The FTPF Team

Sep 11, 2019

200 fruit trees planted this month in Hawai'i!

Aloha friends,

This past month the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation planted over 200 fruit trees around Hawai'i island with schools, community centers, and a Native Hawaiian farmers association. These 200 fruit trees will provide 11,000 pounds of fresh locally-grown fruit every single year once the trees mature, feeding and nourishing thousands of students, families, and Native Hawaiians across the island for decades! This is so important for Hawai'i, where food sovereignty is a growing movement and food security a growing concern. 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 each orchard that was planted over the past four weeks (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

Maku'u Farmers Market Association: 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

Kohala Village HUB/Feed Hawai'i: 24 trees planted & 10 trees given away to community volunteers

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 Hawaiian food freedom!

To a fruitful future for all Hawaiians,

The FTPF Team

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