Teach a man to fish

training to potThe old saying is, give a man a fish, and he eats for a day, but teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.  We believe in that mantra.   So at TTFF we donate trees, equipment, and meals, but perhaps more important is teaching.  Our long term work is training, educating, and teaching local farmers and communities how to create their own food independence.  We want to see sustainable, economically viable programs.  This works best when local Haitians, Jamaicans, the local citizens take ownership.

Knowledge is power.  We transfer knowledge through periodic “summit meetings” in-country, where we share knowledge and of course provide the opportunity to network.  We bring together farmers, along with experts in tree propagation, reaping the fruit, care and pruning fruit trees, and more.  We’ve held a number of training classes in Jamaica and Haiti.

We have also taken a group of seven farmers and agronomists to Jamaica, to the College of Agriculture, Science and Education, to receive hands on training in tree propagation.   Subjects covered included theory and practical work in root culture, grafting, air layering, planting orchards, pruning, and processing.  In our training, you probably get your hands dirty!

With your help and support, permanent benefit will pass along to the local communities.