Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Feature: The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

FTPF’s “Reservation Preservation” program provides fruit and nut tree orchards to low-income communities on Native American Indian Reservations. The harvest not only provides healthy nutrition, but also a potential source of income. Orchards last for generations are donated strictly for the benefit of the community. In April, 2007, FTPF donated hundreds of trees and created two community orchards for the Havasupai tribe, located near the base of the Grand Canyon in Supai, Arizona. The reservation has no roads leading in and is thus difficult to supply with a consistent source of fresh produce. The village is often referred to as the most remote in the country, requiring that the trees be airlifted down via helicopter. In conjunction with the Havasupai Tribal Administration, FTPF established community fruit tree orchards which are open to all members of the tribe, and planted the remaining trees in residential backyards to provide a healthy source of improved nutrition for decades to follow. Check back soon for the short documentary film that was made about this important project or click here for photos!

Via -> The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

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