Trees That Feed Foundation is a not-for-profit public charity, established in 2008 under US tax code 501(c)(3). Our mission is planting trees to feed people, create jobs and benefit the environment. The benefits of our work are permanent and sustainable. TTFF leaves behind independent farmers, co-operatives and commercially successful operations. We started work in Jamaica, established our model, and have expanded into Haiti, Costa Rica, Barbados, Ghana and other countries.
Trees That Feed Foundation believes tree crops are a large part of the answer to world food concerns. Foods from trees are nutritious yet require less input of labor, agro-chemicals and space than field crops. Trees also restore ecological balance to land damaged by misuse or neglect, capture and sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and create habitats for small animals and birds. Planting a tree is a winning bet all around!
All our programs support trees and the surrounding communities:
Trees That Feed Foundation is working with governments and over 40 not-for-profit organizations in countries with the greatest food dependence and hunger, starting in the Caribbean. Our programs have several aspects, all supporting successful planting of fruit trees:
- Donating trees to rural farmers and co-ops
- Providing training in care of the trees
- Instructing in reaping
- Providing equipment (our “Factory in a Box”)
- Conducting training sessions on post-harvest processing
- Initiating breadfruit markets, fresh and processed
- Helping to market breadfruit flour
We leave behind not only trees, but also the knowledge to ensure lasting food independence. For example, Trees That Feed Foundation recently launched a training project. Seven Haitian farmers and agronomists visited Jamaica for formal training in fruit tree propagation and care.
- Many tropical crops produce seasonal gluts; we are diversifying crops and processing fruit for year round availability.
- We are working with governments and local organizations to replicate our operating model and ensure permanence of our work.
- Also we are working with horticultural researchers and commercial organizations to identify breakthrough methods and keep costs low.
We follow through …
TTFF supports our tree planting with follow up monitoring, education and helping to build a marketplace for the fruit. If the trees are seen as important to the community and income producing to the farmer, they will be well cared for! This carries out our mission to feed people, create jobs and benefit the environment.