Teaming up with Sandals

Sandals launchThis past Earth Day marked the first step in an exciting new collaboration between Sandals Foundation and Trees That Feed Foundation! 

Under the lead of TTFF Barbados representative Sandra Myers, Sandals and TTFF joined together to provide food-bearing trees to three primary schools in Barbados: St. Lawrence Primary, Milton Lynch Primary and Christ Church Girls Primary. Over 20 Sandals volunteers joined Sandra to help with the event. This is the first step toward a launch of a school distribution program that will hopefully reach over 100 primary schools in Barbados.  

To learn more about the Earth Day event, click here. Stay tuned for exciting updates about this upcoming program!

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Trees That Feed Heroes: The Gordons

Gordons2This amazing couple leads the Jeffrey Town Famers Association (JTFA), a key partner of Trees That Feed Foundation’s. They have been dedicated to Jeffrey Town since moving back to Wordsworth’s hometown almost two decades ago.  Wordsworth, who is known as Joe, left Jamaica as a teenager after WWII. Along with thousands of other Jamaicans, he sought factory work in England.  While there, he met Ivy. Ivy grew up in England and was teaching home economics when she met Joe.

Today, Joe is JTFA President. He serves as JTFA’s leader and inspiration, focusing on organic farming and sustainability. Ivy Gordon recently retired from teaching food and nutrition, heading the home economics department at Guy’s Hill High School.  She began community development work in 1995 when she joined JTFA.  Currently she edits the Jeffrey Town Bulletin and writes blogs, grants, and books.  Ivy also leads workshops with farmers on a wide variety of environmental issues.

Located in rural northeastern Jamaica, the JTFA operates a community radio station 16 hours a day through volunteer efforts. JTFA’s mission is to harness all available assistance for community development using agriculture as the platform to sustainably develop human and physical resources. Jeffrey Town boasts solar powered systems, gabion basket retaining walls to combat soil erosion, an internet hot spot with free access and group chicken raising.  (AND they host the St. Mary Breadfruit Festival!)

Together, this dynamic team has made Jeffrey Town a model for community development.  They won the Michael Manley Award for Community Self-Reliance in 2006 and 2011, the award for best radio story at the CARDI/CTA Caribbean Media Awards 2012, and the United Nations Development Programme Equator Prize in 2014.  Our heroes, Joe and Ivy Gordon, go above and beyond!  Thank youfor planting trees and promoting breadfruit flour with TTFF!

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Clif Bar Fueling More Breadfruit Trees

Clif Bar LogoTrees That Feed Foundation is excited to be teaming up with Clif Bar Family Foundation this year! We recently received a grant from the organization to distribute more food-bearing trees throughout the Caribbean.

Clif Bar Family Foundation works to increase opportunities for outdoor activity, reduce environmental health hazards, build stronger communities, create a robust, healthy food system and protect Earth’s beauty and bounty. You can learn more about Clif Bar Family Foundation’s mission and priorities here.

With Clif Bar Family Foundation’s support, Trees That Feed Foundation will continue to provide sustainable food sources to communities that need them most. Stay tuned for more about what we accomplish together in 2015!

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New Video!

We are excited to share our new video with you! On National Philanthropy Day, Trees That Feed Foundation won a 2014 Philanthropy Award from Make It Better. As an award prize, a team of very talented people worked with us to create a new informational video about our organization.

Thank you, Make It Better, for honoring the work of Trees That Feed Foundation and helping us share our message. Click play below to watch the video. Enjoy!

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1,000 Cashew Trees for Haiti

Cashew Seeds Blog Post AAugust 13th, 2014. While our largest focus here at TTFF is on breadfruit, we also distribute trees of other varieties. Depending on climate and growing conditions, these varieties have included pomegranate, mango, lychee, guava, ackee – and now cashew!

The cashew is an important nut crop that provides food and employment to various nations. Through the generosity of TTFF supporters, we were able to send the first TTFF shipment of cashew seeds down to Haiti. They were delivered to Smallholder Farmers Alliance (SFA), one of our partners, where the seeds were distributed to farmers amongst the organization. Timote Georges, SFA Co-founder, called this morning to report that the cashews are thriving with a 95% germination rate! Not only are resilient, fast-growing cashew trees ideal for the climate in Haiti, but they also provide economic opportunity for farmers and families. (The New York Times just featured a piece about the potential of cashews for juice – check it out here!) We can’t wait to see continued success with cashews in Haiti.

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Trees at The Source

Jordan ASeptember 11th, 2014. Trees That Feed Foundation has the privilege of working with individuals, communities, and organizations all over the world, all of whom share a common goal of improving the environment and alleviating hunger. Some of these individuals include Peace Corps volunteers, working on environmental causes. TTFF recently provided trees to Jordan Waldschmidt, a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica, for her community project. Meet and hear from her below!

“My name is Jordan Waldschmidt and I am serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland Jamaica. My position is with The Source, a community resource centre that aims at serving the people of four surrounding communities. As a green initiative volunteer, part of my role is to help The Source become more environmentally conscious. With my supervisor, we made the decision to create a community garden will serve The Source greatly. As a part of building the community garden, we decided to plant trees.

I found out about TTFF through a fellow volunteer, and the process of getting trees could not have been easier! I sent out an email asking for information, received a prompt email in response with the application, filled out the application, and then a week later I found out that eight trees were ready to be picked up in Spanish Town!A week later we launched the garden project and planted the trees, and everyone in the community came out to help. It was a great day, and I was told by many of the children that they really enjoyed planting the trees. Thank you, Trees That Feed! We can’t wait until the trees start growing and bearing fruit!”

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Trees That Feed Heroes: Cathy Henry

CathyMrs. Cathy Henry is spearheading Trees That Feed in Schools (TTFIS), the flagship partnership program between Trees That Feed Foundation and Rotary. Through TTFIS, Trees That Feed, Rotary and the Jamaican Government have come together to place food-bearing trees in Jamaica’s schools. Thousands of students across the island will have access to nutritious, sustainable food sources due to Cathy’s leadership and passion. We can’t thank you enough, Cathy!

Cathy was born in Winnipeg, Canada and is a member of St. Catherine’s South Rotary Club in Ontario. She spent her career as a nurse and is married to Dr. David Henry. They have two children and four grandchildren. Cathy lived in Jamaica for over five years and saw firsthand the island-wide poverty and hunger. Upon reflection of her own family’s blessings, Cathy wanted to assist those less fortunate. Rotary’s mandate of “Service Above Self” and presence in over 170 countries inspired Cathy to help build and lead the TTFIS program. Cathy travels throughout Jamaica and to various Rotary clubs in Southern Ontario to talk about breadfruit, meet new people, form partnerships and build awareness about the global scourge of hunger and poverty.

The program has grown to now have Rotary International on board. Cathy hopes that other Rotary Clubs worldwide will be able to learn from the TTFIS’ method of distributing food-bearing trees in Jamaica and will adapt the program to the needs of their respective countries. The TTFIS program and Cathy’s influence is teaching all of us how a simple, inexpensive tree can grow to form a sustainable way of alleviating hunger and poverty worldwide. Thank you again, Cathy, for all that you are doing!
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Let Them Eat Breadfruit

BBCIn a recent edition of BBC’s “Sixty Second Idea to Improve the World,” historian Peter Turchin pitches breadfruit!

He explains that, for many, wheat is an unhealthy food, and changing from what to breadfruit and other tropical crops would be a boon to poorer tropical countries.

Click here to hear Dr. Turchin’s full pitch about why we should stop eating bread made from wheat and switch to breadfruit.

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A New Kind of Tree for the Holidays!

TreePicPostOnly one week left until Christmas! Still working on your holiday list? We have the perfect gift for your loved ones: a breadfruit tree.

One breadfruit tree is just $15 and can provide food for an entire family for decades.

By providing a breadfruit tree to a family, you are not just providing a meal or two; you are providing the means for a family to secure food for themselves for years to come.

Gift a tree in honor of your family and friends this holiday season while helping to ensure families around the globe have the nourishment they need to grow and be healthy. With each gift, TTFF can send you a gift card or electronic message for your loved one.

We hope you will join us in making the season a little more meaningful this year!

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Diversification for a Food-secure Future

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADr. Nyree Zerega, a TTFF board member, recently published an article about diversifying food using underutilized crops, particularly noting the importance of alleviating our reliance on wheat, corn and rice to achieve global food security.

Although the world has cultivated over 10,000 plant species for food,we rely on about 90 plant crops (fewer than 1 percent of potential crops) for 90 percent of our diet. And for nearly 60 percent of food needs, the world relies on wheat, rice and corn. This reliance distances us from reaching global food security. Why? Being reliant on so few crops “increases our vulnerability to crop failures due to disease, drought or other predictable stresses that can lead to famine. Additionally, many major crops require tremendous energy input…With more than 1 billion people suffering from chronic hunger and malnutrition and considered food insecure, alternatives are needed.”

One of these alternatives includes breadfruit! “Breadfruit yield and nutrition statistics rival those of wheat and corn, and the trees are traditionally grown in multicrop agroforestry systems, which help prevent soil erosion and provide a complex habitat that can support a wider variety of wildlife and sequester more carbon than modern agricultural systems. Perhaps most compelling is thatbreadfruit can grow in parts of the world where food and economic insecurity are the highest, including Haiti, Liberia and Ghana.”

Check out the rest of the article here.

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