Since we began working in Brazil in 2009, FTPF has planted over 14,000 fruit trees in homes, schools, and public spaces throughout the country. The majority of that work has been in the town of Mococa in Sao Paolo state, where we work together with our wonderful local partners Olho d'Agua.
Through this strong collaboration, we receive regular updates on the well-being of the trees, straight from those who call Mococa home year-round. We are happy to report that this project has been one of our most successful, with a survival rate of over 90%. This means the majority of the 14,000 trees we've planted are now thriving and bearing fruit, providing sustenance for families, a source of learning for students, and a source of pride for Mococa's residents.
Over the years, we've collected stories that paint a vivid picture of the impact of our work. Students are now able to enjoy the outdoors in their schoolyard food forests, finding respite under the shade of trees as they harvest nutritious acerola and Brazilian plums. Families proudly showcase mature jaboticaba trees in their backyards, a source of income through sales or homemade juices. The streets have transformed too, with street trees near our partner nursery standing tall, providing shade and demonstrating a climate-smart approach to city planning.
All of this demonstrates the power of planting fruit trees, particularly in areas of Brazil like Mococa that have been largely deforested and therefore suffer from the changing climate and more extreme heat. Our goal is to continue planting trees here, to reforest the town of Mococa as a symbol of what is possible when we incorporate fruit trees into the homes and streets of Brazilian communities.
Please consider donating to this project so that we can realize our vision for a fruitful, green, and abundant Mococa and Brazil!
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