Jeffrey Town’s School-Feeding Program

children-eating-jeffrey-town-jamaicaJeffrey Town Farmers’ Association is a long-standing partner of TTFF’s. We are working closely together to increase the number of schools in our school-feeding program in their community. We strive to provide a meal to every local child who needs one. 

Jeffrey Town is rural and hilly. It consists mainly of smallholder farmers. The roads are poor and farmers lose a large portion of their harvest due to being unable to get food to the market before it spoils. To address this challenge, TTFF has provided equipment to help shred and dry fruit. Drying excess fruit shows to be an excellent method to extend the lives of farmers’ harvests. Farmers who own fruit-bearing trees shred their fruit and then take the shreds to a community center to grind them into flour. This flour can be sold, and also consumed at home, improving livelihoods of each farmer. It is also this flour that is used for school meals!

children-eating-jeffrey-town-jamaica-2aWith donations for school-feeding programs, TTFF provides locally-sourced breadfruit flour to partnering schools. Currently, the school-feeding program in Jeffrey Town reaches three schools: Wallingford Basic School, Jeffrey Town Basic School and Jeffrey Town Primary School. (Basic schools educate children ages three to six, primary schools educate children ages six to 11.) Students receive a bowl of breakfast porridge each morning, made from the locally produced breadfruit flour, to get them ready to learn. The mix is currently composed of breadfruit flour, banana flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, dry coconut milk and spices. It’s nutritious and tasty. The mix has been taste-tested over a period of years through our partnership and the help of this very community. Of 35 students in one class at Wallingford school, 34 gulp down the porridge immediately.

Children in this community are being nurtured in a positive, sustainable way through our partnership with JTFA. They eat locally grown meals, made by their own community members. The porridge specifically has the advantage of being a “green food,” where a large portion is from trees and solar dried.

TTFF continues to be proud to work with the community of Jeffrey Town and we hope this working model can be emulated in other communities across the world.


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Chuck Weber: our PR Hero

Charles Weber (Chuck) is the President of Weber & Associates Public Relations. He is also a retired public relations manager from Abbott Laboratories and a professor in the Communications Department at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. As if that’s not enough to keep him busy, he is our hero volunteer helping to create a buzz in the marketplace about breadfruit! Chuck is TTFF’s most active proponent of breadfruit and its potential to solve hunger issues. He has enlisted students at Whitewater to create a social media plan, drawing the attention of major news outlets including USA Today and National Geographic.

Group 1 croppedChuck started in public relations as press secretary for the Illinois State Treasurer’s office. He then moved on to Abbott working in corporate public affairs and managing public relations. As a consultant, he’s worked for: Abbott, American Pain Society, National Association for Healthcare Quality, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and Siemens. He lives with his wife Angela in Whitewater, Wisconsin. They have four grown children and just celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary.

“The best prize life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” This Theodore Roosevelt quote on Weber & Associates’ website perfectly sums up our hero. Thank you, Chuck!

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TTFF Hero: Timote Georges

Timote Georges is an agronomist, and Co-founder and Country Director for Haiti, with Smallholder Farmers Alliance.

Born in Haiti in 1978, Timote Georges grew up on a farm. He studied agronomy at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, because he wanted to provide support to farmers like his father who worked hard but had no technology to help them. Timote has worked on geoengineering (carbon sequestration), literacy, and alleviating socio-economic deprivation. Since 2008 he’s been concentrating on the developmental community level in Haiti with environmental rehabilitation and resource management.

Timote GeorgesIn 2010 Timote cofounded Smallholder Farmers Alliance, which is a grass-roots organization dedicated to restoring tree cover and improving out-of-date farming techniques in Haiti. Today SFA boasts over 2,000 members, some of whom have increased crop yields by as much as 50%. They have created 8 tree nurseries, planted 2.2 million trees, and created agroforestry cooperatives. SFA became an independent NGO in 2012 and began working with the Clinton Foundation to expand cooperatives in Haiti.

Timote lives with his wife and son and works tirelessly to get things done. Thank you, Timote, for caring so deeply and making such a difference for so many!

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Trees That Feed Heroes: Lise Bouffard

Lise Bouffard photo of Dawn Samuels showing a cherry treeLise Bouffard is a volunteer who is helping us to plant trees in rural Manchester Jamaica. Yesterday she sent us a photo of Dawn beside the cherry tree that is growing on her little piece of land. Since the death of her husband, Dawn started her backyard garden and is a perfect example of what everybody around her should do: “grow what we eat and eat what we grow.”


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Mary McLaughlin Trailblazer Award

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Mary was honored by her high school classmates with the St Andrews High School “Trailblazer” award, recognizing her pioneering work in founding an international organization for feeding people and benefiting the environment!  This important ceremony is held every 5 years.

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Breadfruit Flour Recipes–Macaroons

MacaroonsWatch this 2 minute video for a tasty recipe for Breadfruit Macaroons! Starring Susan Kissel, produced by Monica Fox.   Thanks ladies!  One more tasty recipe based on breadfruit flour, for all to enjoy! And watch this space for more recipes to come!

Breadfruit Macaroons, by Susan Kissel



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Small Businesses give back to Trees That Feed

Steve Shannon Urns

Illinois artisan, Steve Shannon, creates beautiful handmade memorial urns.  Each urn is created out of segmenting multiple pieces of natural woods together to form a one-of-a-kind item.  This small business has supported TTFF from its inception.  For each urn sold, they donate enough to plant a tree.


Steep for the Trees

Steep For The Trees is fledgling tea company that sources their teas from around the world.  John and Melisse, the principals, are passionate about teas and the environment.   The teas are spectacular and sourced in an environmentally conscious.  The teas are really so good and full of the freshest flavors. Their monthly newsletter is filled with fun facts on teas, we recommend that you sign up as these are a good read.  Each quarter they donate generously to TTFF.


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Breadfruit Flour Factory, Jeremie, Haiti

This is the Jeremie, Haiti, breadfruit factory under construction.  It may not be as large as Trump Tower, but it’s equally impressive to us!  Pierre-moise Louis and Renel Pierre are

Jeremie Breadfruit Factory

Jeremie Breadfruit Factory

our two heroes.  Bright young entrepreneurs, they produce over 400 pounds of breadfruit flour monthly, and distribute it to six locations, schools, churches and hospitals.

Trees That Feed Foundation could not be more proud of these young men.  They have already started to outgrow their current location and equipment.  Several donors have requested that their contributions go toward this very worthwhile work.

Very young farmer

Very young farmer with breadfruit tree

TTFF is tracking the donations and now selecting the right equipment to provide.

They also have a tree nursery and they supply fruit trees, breadfruit and many other varieties, to folks in the region surrounding Jeremie.

Congratulations, gentlemen!

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Wonderen Foods is Rolling!

Wonderen Press Release 2016

French Fries (2)Read all about Juan Carlos Rodriguez and his breadfruit factory!  There’s an exciting future for this bright young man. Just as one example of what he’s doing, here’s a photo of his breadfruit French fries. Gluten free, too!

Kickstarter campaign begins January 25. The press release gives instructions how to contribute to this very worthwhile project.

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The Man Who Planted Trees

Watch this brief video.  It’s a captivating 30 minute story about a man who planted trees, as the title says.  The narrator describes the beneficial impact over a period of years.  This video had a deep impact on our founder, Mary McLaughlin.  She was overwhelmed after watching it for the first time, over 10 years ago.  She resolved to follow in his footsteps.  TTFF was founded in 2008, to follow the example of one person who changed the world.   Now, we’re well over 80,000 trees planted.  Fruit trees.  Mostly breadfruit. Fortunately we can move a bit faster than he did a century ago.



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