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 . 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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Charlotin’s New Video

We are very proud of Haitian entrepreneur Charlotin Frednaud, head of Groupe D’Appui a la Production Locale (GAPL). Check out his business’ new video below! Charlotin approached Trees That Feed Foundation in 2016 for support in starting his own breadfruit flour production business. In a matter of months, he set up GAPL. Once he received processing equipment and training, thanks to TTFF’s generous supporters, he started producing at an impressive pace. To date, he has produced over a half ton of breadfruit flour and is supplying flour to 15 schools and hospitals in NE Haiti. We are excited to continue to watch Charlotin’s business grow!

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Another Exciting Year for Trees That Feed!

TTFF 2016 Annual Report

We are excited to share Trees That Feed Foundation’s 2016 Annual Report. 2016 was a big year for us! Thanks to all of TTFF’s partners and supporters. To date, TTFF has distributed over 120,000 food-bearing trees, 22 kits of food processing equipment and 12,000 pounds of breadfruit flour. We have reached hundreds of thousands of individuals across eleven countries since our first tree distribution in 2009.

Perhaps the most rewarding experience of 2016 was reaching the point at which the sustaining nature of our work hit full circle. Some of our initial 2009 tree recipients are now overseeing their own entrepreneurial tree nurseries, supplying food-bearing trees to TTFF’s new generation of recipients. Other entrepreneurs are processing their own breadfruit for distribution to local schools. We couldn’t be more thrilled to see these small businesses pop up that will simultaneously foster food independence, local jobs and environmental benefits! This is what TTFF is all about.

As we look to the rest of 2017, TTFF will continue to provide trees and equipment, but will also heavily focus on education. We will be holding even more training for farmers and entrepreneurs, and will be working more closely with schools and families to support environmental education for children. We are excited for what is to come!

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