2,500 Coloring Books to Jamaican Schools

Trees That Feed Foundation (TTFF) has distributed 2,500 educational coloring books to schoolchildren in Jamaica.  Each 40 page book, titled Plant a Tree and Good Things Happen has sections focusing on the benefits of having fruit trees, including nutritious food, shade, carbon sequestration, soil retention and an improved local economy. As the children color each page they learn that good things can happen for the air, rivers, soil, birds, animals, and of course people and their jobs.

Trees That Feed Foundation is working in partnership with Do Good Jamaica, Dan Malone with the Peace Corps Jamaica, Paul Issa of The Issa Foundation, and BREDS/Jakes in Treasure Beach. Each leading partner will distribute the books to several schools in their local communities.  A teacher’s guide accompanies each set of books.

The book is designed by the educational arm of Trees That Feed Foundation.  Thanks go to Judy Osgood, Nancy Kurz and Gabriel Osson.  It is most suitable for ages 5 to 10.  Even adults will find it fun working with children and discussing the lessons on each page.  “Over time generations of schoolchildren will appreciate the value of fruit trees to the environment and the economy,” said Mary McLaughlin, co-founder of TTFF.

A Kreyol version is distributed in Haiti and a Spanish version is currently being developed.

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Cooking Schools Popularize Breadfruit Flour in Haiti

Fresh breadfruit is known and loved across Haiti.  But breadfruit flour is relatively a new idea.  It’s a great ingredient, nutritious and gluten free.  Soon we think it will be a part of mainstream culinary habits in Haiti.  To that end, Trees That Feed Foundation is holding a series of cooking schools all across Haiti.

In the North, Charlotin Frednaud produces high quality flour made from breadfruit.  It’s being distributed to over 20 schools in the area, who serve it as a hot breakfast porridge for their young students. In addition Charlotin is promoting wider, more varied used of the flour.  Together we’re finding creative new recipes to tempt the palate as well as provide good nutrition!

To do this we’re holding cooking schools, in and around Trou du Nord, Haiti. TTFF supplies the ingredients and underwrites the teaching costs.  Charlotin organizes the teachers, who are local chefs who have learned and practiced with various breadfruit flour recipes. They pass along their skills to the other student chefs and bakers. Over 200 people have already participated in these schools.

In Port au Prince, big thanks go to Ruth Portnoff, who has energetically organized several cooking schools. Working with local chefs, we have developed recipes for an instant Fritay mix, and other delicious foods. Fritay, a Haitian fried dumpling, is a staple street and kitchen food.

In the West, Pierre-moise Louis, from Jeremie Breadfruit, is making konparets, a kind of Haitian biscotti. By using local foods, adapted as appropriate, we are gaining rapid acceptance of breadfruit flour as an ingredient.

This approach feeds more people with nutritious, tasty dishes, and sets the stage for an active local marketplace in breadfruit flour. Everyone benefits, from the farmer, to the processor, the distributor, the chefs and the ultimate taster!

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St. Andrew Settlement Infant School, Jamaica

Breadfruit porridge continues to be a hit with the littlest taste-testers! TTFF recently provided St. Andrew Settlement in Kingston, Jamaica, with 40 pounds of breadfruit flour porridge mix for their infant school. The St. Andrew Settlement was established in 1965 and operations currently include an infant school, elderly center, health center, library and community center. More than 5,000 people benefit from services at St. Andrew’s. TTFF is excited to continue to support The St. Andrew Settlement with locally-sourced, nutritious breadfruit meals!

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500 Mango Scions Delivered to Barbados!

Trees That Feed Foundation is extremely excited to report that 500 mango scions (branch cuttings, ready to be grafted) of ten exotic mango varieties, have just been delivered to Barbados.  Here is the full email report from Barney Gibbs, our Country Representative in Barbados (we could not have said it better ourselves!):

Hi Mike and Mary,

I am happy to report that the transportation and grafting of the 500 (50 x 10 varieties) mango scions went very well, thanks to a high level of professionalism on the part of Noris and Ken in Miami, the local Quarantine Officers and Mr Thompson and Mr Atherley at Haggatts Agricultural Station.

Please see below the sequence of photos that serves as an update on the progress so far.

Arrival at Grantley Adams Airport after an early morning handover of the fresh scions, transported in an insulated bag:

The Government Agricultural Station at Haggatts has been growing 500 rootstock for the the last year in anticipation of this importation:

Mr Bernard Thompson had a team of 5 experienced grafting staff assembled from early yesterday morning to minimize the cut time for the scions:

He had recently set up a new tag printing system so that the scions would be properly identified and dated.  The system was then ‘christened’ on the grafts:

The root-stock appeared healthy and was actively growing so we are hoping for a good result:

By the close of business yesterday, the Ministry staff had grafted 400 container grown root-stock, and 54 field-planted root-stock:

The remaining 44 scions were also field-grafted early this morning, and are protected from wind and livestock by chicken wire/geofabric tree-guards:

Thanks again to Trees That Feed for their kind support of this undertaking.  I will report on the progress after a month or so.  Please let me know if you have any questions,

Best regards,

Barney Gibbs

The Future Trees

These mango trees will propagate into thousands more trees and millions more fruit, to benefit the health and nutrition of Bajans for years to come.  Our sincere thanks to Barney Gibbs, Ken Banks and the entire team who made all this possible.

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Coco Browns Sauces

Looking to spice up your dishes? Do so with Coco Browns Jamaican Sauces and simultaneously help provide a meal for a child in need!

Through Trees That Feed Foundation’s partnership with Rotary, Michael Movery of the Rotary Club of Ocho Rios East learned about how poverty affects children across Jamaica and how food-bearing trees and breadfruit can make a difference. He decided to partner up with TTFF through his sauce company, Coco Browns Sauces. With every bottle sold, Coco Browns donates a percentage of profits to TTFF’s school-feeding program in Jamaica.

Each sauce bottle reads: “Coco Browns Sauces believes in ‘Each One Helps One.’  Through our partnership with Trees That Feed Foundation and the Rotary Club of Ocho Rios East, a portion of our profits will be donated each time you purchase Coco Brown’s Sauces. Each donation helps to provide a child in a sponsored school with a hot breakfast meal of breadfruit porridge each morning.”

To purchase Coco Browns Sauces, visit www.cocobrownsauces.com . In Jamaica, you can purchase sauces at Things Jamaican in Kingston, Reggae Mart at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, L&M supermarket in Runaway Bay, and General Food Supermarket in Ocho Rios.

Thank you to Michael Movery, Rotary and Coco Browns!

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Thanks, Clif Bar!

Thank you, Clif Bar Family Foundation, for your continued support of Trees That Feed Foundation! TTFF recently received a grant from Clif Bar Family Foundation to continue providing food-bearing trees and Factory-in-a-Box equipment to reduce hunger, create jobs and benefit the environment. We are excited to continue this important work in tropical areas where it is needed most. Stay tuned for updates!

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Trees for Women in Duchene

Jeremie Breadfruit, a partner of TTFF’s, distributed trees this week to a women’s group in Duchene, Haiti. We love working with local suppliers to support the local economy. Thanks to our generous TTFF supporters for providing these fruit trees!

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Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Come visit Trees That Feed Foundation at Northbrook’s Earth Day Celebration betweem 9:00am – 12:00pm. The whole family can learn about trees and caring for our one and only planet!   Stay tuned for Earth Day in 2018

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Update from Smallholder Farmers Alliance

TTFF partners with Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA) in Gonaives, Haiti. The first TTFF breadfruit trees planted through this partnership in 2014 are bearing fruit! Here is a photo of Jules Marcelus, SFA member and farmer, caring for his breadfruit tree. He is preparing to harvest and will use some of his fruit to feed his family and the rest to sell in the public market. Jules is planning to use his earnings from the breadfruit trees to pay for his kids’ schooling.

Here is photo of Jean Robert Florvil’s, another SFA member, breadfruit tree. Jean Robert lives in the Morancy community in Gonaives. He received three breadfruit trees from TTFF in 2014 and the trees are flourishing! Jean Robert says that he sees the trees as a way to feed his family and secure a better life. He cares for his trees tremendously well. Currently he can sell 12 breadfruits for approximately $8 USD. Jean Robert hopes to earn about $200 USD in income in just one harvest season, which will help him emerge above the poverty line.

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Mill Demonstration

Here is Pierre Moise of Jeremie Breadfruit demonstrating the use of a mill he received from Trees That Feed last year. Jeremie Breadfruit has been producing breadfruit flour for approximately four years in Haiti. Trees That Feed partners with Jeremie Breadfruit to provide locally-produced breadfruit flour for feeding programs in Haitian schools, orphanages and hospitals.

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