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Help Us, Help the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

This spring we are helping The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) raise money to plant 18 billion fruit trees across the world

“It’s (FTPF) a good way to get the community mobilized.  It’s a good way to get everybody to learn about sustainability, about environmental stewardship and about botany,” Cern Akin, Executive Director of Fruit Tree Planting Foundation said to USA Today.

“Our goal is to strategically donate and plant fruit tree orchards to areas where the harvest most benefits communities.”

The FTPF believes that encouraging organic cultivation and sustainable practices in public space improves public nutrition and community empowerment.

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distinct programs are suited for:

  • school yard orchards
  • community orchards
  • Native American reservations
  • international programs

We are donating $5 for every thousand visitors at our tree care answer engine, Ask An Arborist through the spring of 2012.

“The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation’s groundbreaking work feeds communities in need and greens the environment, all at once. A truly extraordinary, yet simple concept that led to our collaboration to plant fruit trees in the WE Garden in Capitol Park to help our communities for years to come.” –
Maria Shriver, First Lady of California

The foundation has been inundated with applications over the past two years. Projects are chosen based on the most impact to the community.

>>>> Make a direct donation to the Foundation by going to their website.

Finding citizens to do the work of starting and maintaining a community orchard can be challenging.

“People who want to plant fruit trees in city parks must pay for the trees and do the work. First they must submit a planting, harvesting and maintenance plan and get city approval,” Laura Whitmore, Community Relations Coordinator for Madison, Wis. Parks Division.

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