The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

Sometimes there seem to be more charities out there then we knew existed. There are charities for children and abandoned animals. Even one for fruit trees, at least for growing more fruit trees. The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation from San Diego, Ca is one charity that is dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to benefit the environment around the world. I think this is a great idea as it helps teach people to be empowered by growing their own food and also sustain the environment too. The charity’s primary mission is to plant and help others plant a collective total of 18 billion organic fruit trees. These programs are aimed at enriching the environment, providing nutritious food sources for wild and rescued animals. And to improve human health by bringing delicious, fresh, locally grown raw fruits and vegetables in their area.

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Papaya tree planted in Kenya. Photo from FTPFoundation.

The charity has already planted trees in many locations throught the U.S., Africa, and India. My favorite part of the project is “Orchards for Animals” which provide rescued animals sanctuaries with fruit trees for shade, shelter, and healthy diets. As the trees mature, animals can then eat the fruits and forage for more. During times of extreme heat or precipitation, the animals can seek shade and shelter under the trees. Fruit trees allow for the most natural diet available to animals, plucked fresh off the tree with no chemicals or pesticides. One of the Farm Sanctuary is located in Orland, California. They planted 50 fruit trees. The trees will provide shade and foraging opportunities for rescued animals.

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Another sample of other neat things provided by the program took place in Florida.

Fruit Tree Workshop & Giveaway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

“In November of 2008, FTPF partnered with the Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation Department, in a program made possible by Absolut, to implement a a free fruit tree give-away at three city parks and delivered a unique interactive workshop to teach fruit tree enthusiasts about proper planting and care. The program resulted in 671 fruit trees—including mangos, avocados, carambolas, grapefruits, oranges, and tangelos—being distributed to city residents. The effort trained nearly 100 workshop participants on how to plant trees and help restore an area that has lost countless trees in recent years due to hurricane damage—while fighting global warming and providing healthy nutrition at the same time.” Wow! What a great idea. I wish I lived in Florida with a huge backyard.

Well, I am glad this program was started and wanted to spread the news. I’m not exactly wealthy enough to donate some land, but maybe I can volunteer to plant some trees when they come to my part of town. In the meantime, if you want to help, here is a WISH LIST from their program:

Donations of any of the following items are fully tax-deductible and will allow our earth-saving programs to expand. Please contact us if you are interested in donating the following:

* Recent textbooks or non-fiction works on fruits or fruit tree horticulture to add to our library. We hope to someday assemble one of the largest fruit science libraries in the world to serve as a resource to all who are interested in planting trees.

* Potted fruit trees or seedlings that we will arrange to plant on suitable lands in your region through FTPF volunteers.

* FileMaker Pro software for Macintosh computers so we can create new databases to improve efficacy.

* Hand-held Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers to record the precise location of our tree plantings and enter into a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database.

For a limited time, you can support FTPF “With a Click of Your Mouse“. In order to help directly offset carbon dioxide emissions, FTPF is partnering with ABSOLUT Vodka to plant fruit tree groves called “Absolut Global Cooling Zones” in metropolitan areas, with an emphasis on regions devastated by natural disasters. Just by clicking your mouse, ABSOLUT Vodka will donate $1 to the charity. Every dollar received from this program will result in about 4 pounds of oxygen produced and 5 pounds of carbon dioxide absorbed from the atmosphere directly from the tree planting efforts.

– All photos from FTPF archive at Photobucket.com

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2 Comments »

  1. Gina said

    I helped with “a click of my mouse” 🙂 I do have to say it’s a great program. The picture of the papaya tree made me think of my cousin’s backyard back home.

  2. cambree said

    The fruit trees thank you! I have never seen this tree in real life and would love to someday. I would just hang out and eat ripe papaya all day. 🙂

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