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.

urns

www.steveshannoncollection.com

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.

tea

www.steepforthetrees.com

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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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Haitian Farmers Complete Successful Agronomy Training in Jamaica

Air layering

Air layering

Trees That Feed Foundation received a generous grant from Conservation, Food & Health Foundation, to fund a training trip for Haitian farmers and agronomists to travel to Jamaica, to learn techniques in fruit tree propagation, planting and care.  The trip took place between November 1 and 11, 2015.

Training topics covered included root culture, stem culture, grafting, air layering, orchard layout, pruning, and processing of fruit into

 

Haitian farmers at Hope Gardens nursery for training

Haitian farmers at Hope Gardens nursery for training

 

salable post-harvest products.  Based on participant feedback the training trip was very successful.

Training was led by Dr Seymour Webster, lecturer at CASE, with strong support from Mr Alfred McLean, Joseph Johnson, Zavier Gray, Keith Thomas, Locksley Waites and Cynthia and Trevor Willis.

TTFF believes that this kind of assistance, “teach a man to fish,” is superior to typical 

Orchard Layout

Orchard Layout

efforts of providing excess unwanted food and other products from developed countries.  Each participant in the training is expected to return to their organization and pass on the knowledge they’ve gained.

 

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Trees That Feed Heroes: Mr. Guy Paraison

Guy2Guy Paraison is a natural partner for Trees That Feed Foundation. A champion for the people and the environment, Guy was one of the first to receive TTFF trees in Haiti. He has worked for Plant With Purpose Haiti for 17 years and is currently their Country Director. Plant With Purpose is a development organization that works to transform lives in rural areas where poverty and environmental degradation intersect. They equip farming families to improve their circumstances with tools, training in sustainable techniques, and trees.

Guy studied at ENST and has degrees in administration, management, and accounting. He speaks four languages: Creole, French, English, and Spanish. Born and raised in Haiti, he currently lives in a suburb of Port-Au-Prince with his wife Mika and son Guy Mike.

In the poorest country in the western hemisphere, with one of the world’s highest rates of deforestation, Guy Paraison and Trees That Feed Foundation are working together to reforest and make agriculture viable again. So far we have delivered and planted close to 1,000 trees together and are looking forward to accomplishing much more throughout the coming year!

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Trees That Feed Heroes: Judy Osgood

JudyJudy Osgood is a critical member of the Trees That Feed Foundation team and serves as a true hero of ours! She teamed up with TTFF once she retired from teaching about three years ago. Judy volunteers in the office each week to help respond to requests for trees, equipment and breadfruit flour. She also issues certificates for these items, processes donations, drafts website content and helps develop curriculum for educational initiatives.

We interviewed Judy about her time with TTFF. See below to learn more about Judy’s generous contributions to advancing the Foundation’s mission:

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Trees That Feed Foundation? I love knowing we are making a difference. Every time I go into the office, I know things are better in the world by the time I leave at the end of the day. Mary and Mike are amazing – I’m grateful to be along for the ride.

How does Trees That Feed Foundation differ from other initiatives? Sustainability and investment. TTFF isn’t just putting a Band-Aid on a problem. We are committed to solving problems in a sustainable way by providing the resources, training and support needed for ownership of the solution. Mary and Mike have forged strong partnerships with communities and people in Jamaica and Haiti, and they visit the trees to monitor their growth and care. Donations to TTFF go directly to the work and not to administrative costs. The mission is clear – TTFF is highly effective!

Where do you see Trees That Feed Foundation going in the future? I see TTFF continuing to plant more and more trees and strengthen relationships with communities. I see lots of growth in flour production, equipment needs, and entrepreneurship. I think we will do more with education – both in schools in the communities we serve and in schools here.

Thanks for all that you do, Judy!

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Board Spotlight

Nyree PresentationTrees That Feed is excited to be hosting its second board meeting of the year this week! Board members will convene in Chicagoland to discuss 2015 progress, programming and future planning.

Have you met our board? We are proud of our board members. With varying backgrounds and areas of expertise, members are committed to ensuring the success of Trees That Feed Foundation’s mission and providing sustainable food sources to communities and families. Learn about our board members here.

A recent board highlight of TTFF’s is our participation in the 2015 International Breadfruit Conference. Here is Dr. Nyree Zerega, Director of the Graduate Program in Plant Biology and Conservation at Northwestern University and Trees That Feed Foundation board member, presenting about breadfruit genetic diversity.

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2015 International Breadfruit Conference

Bfruit conferenceMike and Mary hit the road this week for the 2015 International Breadfruit Conference in Trinidad! The conference is hosted by the University of the West Indies (UWI) and PCS Nitrogen.

UWI believes that breadfruit has the potential to improve food and nutrition security and is hosting this conference to convene various breadfruit actors, researchers and entrepreneurs to address increasing opportunities for breadfruit commercialization.

The Daily Express ran a recent article about breadfruit and UWI’s work with the fruit. The benefits of breadfruit are highlighted as “gluten-free, has high energy from carbohydrates, is a source of protein and dietary fiber, and has a high potassium content.” Breadfruit is described to have “a lower glycemic index than widely-consumed imported cereals. This nutritional content makes it attractive in the fight against diseases like diabetes and hypertension.” To read the full article, click here.

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Trees at Tacius Golding High School

GroupphotoTSchoolThe Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund provided an introduction between Trees That Feed Foundation, Karlene Johnson and Tacius Golding High School, after which TTFF provided breadfruit trees and equipment. Read a report below from representatives of the Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund about their recent visit to Tacius Golding and the progress of donated TTFF breadfruit trees and equipment!

“Tacius Golding High School sits on 17 acres of land with a stream in rural St Catherine. They have Mr. McCalla, who teaches agriculture and wields a mean machete. Mr. McCalla took us out to inspect breadfruit trees that were donated from TTFF. About sixteen breadfruit trees have been planted so far, with the rest on hold due to drought. Mr. McCalla has been careful to leave some undergrowth to protect the small trees, as shade will help them survive the dry season.

Karlene Johnson is on sabbatical from Tacius Golding. She is completing a degree in literature at the UWI. Karlene is one of the literature prize winners being mentored by the Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund. Karlene’s dream is to make Tacius Golding self-sufficient. The Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund introduced Karlene to TTFF, and TTFF donated breadfruit trees and equipment to manufacture breadfruit flour to the school.
TaKJBreadfruitTreeJamaicacius Golding will use the flour to feed hungry students and also sell the flour to fund educational projects, with children will learning business skills during the process. 

Here are some pictures of our first visit to Tacius Golding to meet the staff and students and observe the progress they have made since planting. We will be posting new updates as they progress on their journey.”

 

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