Fruit Tree 101

by Fruit Tree Planting Foundation
335 pounds of harvest for the local food bank!
335 pounds of harvest for the local food bank!

Dear Friend, 

Happy holidays from the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation! This year, we were overjoyed to witness some of our collective dreams coming to fruition, and we are excited to share a few examples with you.

In July, our team visited the small El Salvadoran community of Los Decidios after being invited to a site where we planted several orchards four years ago. We were welcomed by vibrant fruit tree fields on both sides of the road, with hundreds of beautiful mangos hanging overhead and all around us, practically everywhere we looked. Greeted by a family caretaking for their orchard, we asked what the trees meant for their livelihood. Their uplifting response serves as an important reminder that your support of our charity makes a profound difference for communities around the world.

The patriarch of the family, Jose Alfonzo, while standing with his arm around his young son, reflected:

“Four days ago I cut down about 700 mangoes and by the end of the week it was about 1,000 fruits. I support my entire family solely on the income from these mangoes; that is what we are surviving on right now. This program has been extremely important for us.”

The dream of donating fruit trees to impoverished families to provide them with clean air, healthy nutrition, and sustainable income had become a reality before our very eyes.

The following week, energized and motivated to continue with new plantings so that more communities would benefit in the future, we provided another 6,400 fruit trees for families in the region. During that time, we received an update from an orchard we created with Metro State University and Inver Hills Community College in Minnesota to serve local food banks. It contained a photo of the apple harvest that was delivered to the food bank—335 pounds of fresh, organic produce being distributed to individuals in dire need. These results serve as further confirmation that our programs are working both internationally and in the homeland!

Also this year, through our continuing efforts to plant trees in the fertile regions of East Africa, we provided 25,000 fruit trees and extensive training to villagers in Uganda before returning to the U.S. to spread the fruit tree wealth from coast to coast. Due to your ongoing support, we are excited to report that last year, FTPF planted and distributed 15,842 fruit trees and held 58 orchard events around the world. Along the way, our staff provided workshops and environmental curriculum for thousands of students and orchard caretakers—inspiring the next generation of environmentalists.

Planting fruit trees is magic. And the dream simply can’t come true without you. FTPF is proud to report that for the sixth year in a row, more than 90 cents of every dollar donated was used in our life-sustaining programs. Won’t you please support our vision of a fruitful future by making an end-of-year donation? 

Together, we can create healthy fruit trees, healthy communities, and a healthy planet. 

2016 Annual Report
2016 Annual Report


Jose with his mangos
Jose with his mangos

In honor of Thanksgiving, we want to give thanks to YOU. Because of your support, this year we saw a long-term dream of ours come to fruition: a family lifted out of poverty entirely thanks to fruit trees.

Meet Jose, member of the Los Decidios Farmer's Cooperative in El Salvador, who told FTPF during our visit to his home in July that he is currently supporting his entire family on the income generated from his FTPF fruit trees: 

"Four days ago I cut down about 700 mangoes and by the end of the week it was about 1,000 fruits. I support my entire family solely on the income from these mangoes, that is what we are surviving on right now. This program has been extremely important for us." 

This is what it is all about. 

Your support has given Jose and his family economic freedom. And for that, we thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving


PS: Don't forget to participate in #GivingTuesday on November 29th, 2016. Each donation made to the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation through Global Giving will be generously matched by the Gates Foundation!

Esmond Station K-8 School in Tucson, AZ
Esmond Station K-8 School in Tucson, AZ

Aloha Fruit Tree lovers,

The FTPF team is hard at work launching our new nurseries at our local headquarters here on the Big Island of Hawaii. We will be bringing thousands and thousands of beautiful tropical fruit trees to the islands in the coming months and years, but first we need to build our infastructure (if you want to help with this project, we are currently running a micro-project to help fund our nurseries!)

Back on the mainland, our team is making preparations for a series of Fruit Tree 101 school plantings throughout Arizona in Spring 2017. FTPF has been working in Arizona for over a decade, with dozens of successful orchards at schools, commnity centers, and Native American reservations from Tucson to Phoenix to Flagstaff. Currently we are in talks with several schools in the north, and are working on partnerships with AmeriCorps, Northern Arizona University, Prescott Unified School District, and the local Cooperative Extension office. We would appreciate any support you can offer us, including donations, volunteering at one of our planting events, and telling your frineds and family about our work in the Southwest! See the the attached articles about our projects last year :)

Thank you for all the support, and as always, keep on planting!


Global Giving In-Country Rep. Daillen helping out!
Global Giving In-Country Rep. Daillen helping out!

Hello Friends of FTPF,

We just returned from a weeklong planting trip to El Salvador. This year was amazing, full of both new and returning volunteers and community members, thousands of thriving fruit trees, and lots of laughs, knowledge, and great food shared along the way. Below is a brief summary of this year's project:

Fruit trees planted: 6,409

Students participated: 119

Workshops attendees: 122

Volunteer hours: 226.5

Total Salvadorans served by orcahrds per year: 3,017

Apperances on National Television: 1 

To date, this program has planted 23,262 fruit trees all across El Salvador. Although we are proud of this success, we still have a long way to reach our goal of planting 100,000 fruit trees by 2022. Therefore, we are asking that you consider making a donation today to the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation's important work in this country. Just one fruit tree can make all the difference in the lives of rural Salvadorans, bringing health, income, and pride in just one simple act. Thank you as always for your contributions and support of our work in El Salvador.

Saludos y abrazos from the whole FTPF team!

Carting Cacao trees to their new home
Carting Cacao trees to their new home
Father & Son in front of their growing mango trees
Father & Son in front of their growing mango trees


Cassidy enjoying  an apple with her new apple tree
Cassidy enjoying an apple with her new apple tree

Dear Friends,

Summer is here, and so is our busiest time of the year! With the warmer weather comes a flurry of activity for the FTPF team, meaning we are out in the field working to bring fruit trees and environemental education to schools all around the world!

We have just completed a series of projects in our home-city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We were also able to check up on several of our previously planted orchards, and literally see the fruits of our labor as many of these trees were bearing fruit for the first or second year! 

FTPF donated orchards at schools all around the city, including two mico-orchards at both locations of the Environmnetal Charter School, one at Aiken Elementary, another at Morrow Elemenrary, and a large 42 tree orchard at California University of Pennslyvania just outside the city. It was a busy, busy week, but one that yielded over 200 new fruit trees for the students of Pittsburgh! The projects successes even reached the ears of several media outlets, resulting in a few nice newspaper and online articles about FTPF and our work in the area.

Next up we are heading back to Central America to plant thousands more trees as part of our ten-year plan to bring 100,000 fruit trees to this small, heavily deforested country. We are still accpeting volunteers for the trip, and if you would like to join us for an amazing eco-adventure this July, you can find more information and apply online at Hurry, as time is running out and space is limited! 

To keep up with FTPF throughout the busy and exciting planting season, follow us on Facebook and Instagram where you can see photos of staff, volunteers, and students getting their hands dirty all the way from Pittsburgh to Uganda to Minnesota to El Salvador!

Thank you so much for your support of Fruit Tree 101...every tree planted has the ability to significantly impact a student's mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. THANK YOU!!



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Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

Location: Pittsburgh, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Cem Akin
Pittsburgh, PA United States
$3,166 raised of $25,000 goal
130 donations
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