Trees That Feed Foundation on racism

Trees That Feed Foundation works in 18 countries in the Caribbean, Central America, Africa and Asia. We donate fruit trees to feed people, create jobs and benefit the environment. Most of the people that we work with are people of color. We collaborate with them with the shared goal of improved nutrition, economic independence and dignity. We understand their challenges and we offer solutions and opportunity.

We stand against racism and hate in all its forms. We stand for respect and equality of all. The Board of Trees That Feed Foundation is committed to fairness and respect toward all individuals and their communities regardless of race, gender, age, culture, nationality, education, religion, and political persuasion.  That is our position.

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200,000 Trees–A Big Milestone!

The good news just won’t quit!  We just issued our Annual Report (read it here). Lots of good stuff there.  But today, with delivery of 600 young breadfruit trees to Northern Caribbean University’s Dr Vincent Wright, we passed a big milestone.  We’ve delivered a total of 200,000 fruit trees to farmers, schools, church groups, NGO programs and individuals in 18 countries.

Peek at this spreadsheet. In just the past six weeks we’ve funded 2,941 trees in five countries. 6,585 this year to date.  Just over 200,000 in eighteen countries since our first shipment of 72 to Jamaica in December 2009.  This is thanks to our many supporters–some provide funding, others work hard as volunteers to get the job done. Planting fruit trees to feed people, create jobs and benefit the environment.

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Read Our 2019-20 Annual Report

Hot off the Press!  Our very latest Annual Report is out!

In 2019 we provided nearly 25,000 high quality fruit trees in Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda! And there’s much more news. Africa, Haiti, other countries, lots of  stories.  Read about our partner organizations, see some heart warming Thank You notes, and get the facts and figures behind our work.

Click here to read it all.

And of course a great big THANKS to you, our supporters, who make our work possible!

 

 

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Arbor Day 2020

Earth Day was yesterday and Arbor Day is tomorrow. These two days are cousins … closely related.  Earth Day is now 50 years old while Arbor Day started back in 1872!

Zavier Gray, Jamaica, nurturing a baby breadfruit tree

Some of you may have received our Earth Day message.  Briefly, we likened the Earth to a spaceship, a closed system where really there are no new resources arriving, and waste products never go very far away!  Let’s be careful as we use resources and try to minimize waste.

We think planting trees is a great way to help.  They take care of our air, water, soil, food and habitat. And create jobs along the way!

One suggestion for those of us confined at home by the coronavirus … plant a tree.  Take an apple seed, mango seed, any kind of seed. Plant it in a small pot, water it, plant it near a window, and watch it every day while you’re stuck at home.  Take a picture every 2 or 3 days.  You’ll see Mother Nature in action.  We’re running a little competition doing exactly this in the Caribbean in partnership with CariPhil Alliance.

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Update on COVID-19

In these extraordinary times, TTFF remains open for business, although with some limitations. We acknowledge the risk and encourage everyone to take precautions as the experts advise–stay home if you can, avoid crowds, wash hands frequently, as we are doing.  We expect that our work and yours will move along more slowly for some time,  but we’re optimistic that with due care by each of us and with the help of medical professionals and the appropriate authorities, that the risk will be brought under control.  Thanks to everyone for your past support.

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TTFF Welcomes Joe Matara to the Board of Directors

 

TTFF is proud to announce the addition of Joseph Matara, CPA to our governing board.  Joe was born in Kenya. He was educated in the US, earning his BS, MBA and CPA in New Jersey. He has wide professional experience as CFO in two large non-profit organizations.  And he is a person of generous spirit. Joe initially contacted Trees That Feed two years ago.  He had established several schools in Kenya, and wanted fruit trees to help feed the students.  TTFF has donated over 1,000 trees to his projects. Joe has also helped us to distribute trees in other parts of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique.   Welcome to Trees That Feed Foundation, Joe!

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Short Story Competition Winners Announced!

Oraine Campbell

We have lots of exciting news this week.  First, we’re happy to announce the winners of our Short Story competition.  Congratulations go to Oraine Campbell, first prize winner of $250, for his story, “By the Grace of Breshay.”  For non-Jamaicans, Breshay (or Bresheh) is a local nickname for breadfruit.  Oraine is a medical lab scientist and a chef at home.

Congratulations also go to L. A. Wanliss, for the story “Bresheh King,” which won second prize of $100.  Lesley-Ann is a published writer and prize winning playwright. Congratulations go to both of these talented young writers!

Read their stories here! 

Runner up awards went to Tajha Winkle, Jordan Garvey, Alexi Brown and Kodi-anne Brown.  The awards were presented at an event at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

L. A. Wanliss

This competition honors two inspiring UWI educators who loved the written word, Joan McLaughlin and Gloria Lyn. Both Joan and Gloria attended the University as mature students. Both became lecturers and particularly enjoyed teaching the wonderful stories of Jamaican folklore and promoting literature. Both women have passed on but their memory lingers as literature continues to transform lives.

Stories were invited around the theme of breadfruit.  The stories were to be set in the Caribbean, a story, modern folk tale, autobiographical or fictional, but including breadfruit as a meal or a breadfruit tree or trees.  Over two dozen entries were received.   Thanks go to the three judges, Lynn Kelso (a TTFF Board Member Emeritus), Judy Osgood and Fred Kennedy, who thoroughly reviewed all entries and carefully selected the winners.  The judges overall were pleased with the entries and want to encourage everyone to continue to write and hone their writing skills.

Click here to read the winning stories! 

Watch for the next issue of JamaicanEats, a food-related magazine published by Grace Cameron, based in Canada.  For more information, or to subscribe, contact her at sweetpotatopress@yahoo.com.

The competition was launched by Trees That Feed Foundation’s Mary McLaughlin, in honor of Joan Elizabeth McLaughlin, her mother in law.  The competition is co-sponsored by the Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund, chaired by Cathy Lyn, daughter of Gloria Lyn.   Joan and Gloria have passed on but their memory lingers on as literature continues to transform lives.

Stay tuned for more news …

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Interesting research paper on Breadfruit nutrition

A research team from the University of Hawaii recently published a paper in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis.  Titled “The response of breadfruit nutrition to local climate and soil: A review”, the team reports some interesting findings. Well, not surprising we think — breadfruit nutrition is affected by climate and soils — but maybe not exactly what we thought!  Specifically:

– Stressed trees (too cold, too dry, etc.) have higher concentration of starches, higher energy density, and more vitamins

– Micro- and macro-nutrient concentrations don’t appear to be affected by climate or soils

– These results suggest that the conditions that support high productivity (well watered, warm, etc.) may support lower nutrition

Read the full paper here.

Trees That Feed wants to acknowledge the pioneering work of our colleagues in academia.  While we’re planting trees, they’re doing the research we need to understand the full potential of the beautiful breadfruit!

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CariPhil Alliance, our newest Partner, planting 1,000,000 trees

The Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance is a regional charity, based in Jamaica.  They were launched in 2019 with a focus on accelerating achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. To accomplish this they’re seeking to develop partnerships across the Caribbean region. Their major project currently, led by Dr. Rosalea Hamilton, Chair, is to plant a million trees across the Caribbean within the next 15 months.  They will directly address Climate Action and Life on Land goals, and ultimately most of the 17 SDGs.  (For more about the goals, click here.)

It’s an ambitious project but they are moving right along!   Already 12 countries are involved. The volunteers are energized!

CariPhil’s mission is closely aligned with TTFF although they will plant timber and decorative trees as well as fruit trees.  Nonetheless we are delighted to collaborate!

Mary McLaughlin, our founder, has been super helpful with the  project launch. She’s been involved in building the country network, and serves on the steering committee.  Trees That Feed has made an initial pledge of 20,000 fruit trees, to be located in several of the countries.

Mary McLaughlin, TTFF Chair & Founder

Rosalea Hamilton, PhD, Chair, CariPhil Alliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out this terrific project at https://cariphilalliance.org.

And bookmark this blog.  We’ll update from time to time with the latest progress.

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Breadfruit Propagation in Haiti…it’s Working!

St. Joseph Clinic, Haiti, work-study kids helping to plant breadfruit root cuttings

We’re happy to report that St. Joseph Clinic in Thomassique, Haiti, is successfully propagating breadfruit seedlings!  This is very exciting for us … we really want to plant more trees.

SJC is also producing breadfruit flour from 15 trees donated to them years ago by Trees That Feed!  Read their full report here.  It includes detail and several more photos.

We at TTFF are ecstatic to see this successful propagation program.  It’s not as easy as it looks!  But the good folks at SJC spent the necessary years, with a little help from their friends, to bring this to reality.  It took a while but it’s quite a success story.

Big thanks go to Logan Schulz who sent us this excellent report.  Thanks also to CASE and Mr Alfred McLean in Jamaica, who generously shared the necessary technology.

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