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FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations to follow, at places such as public schools ("Fruit Tree 101"), city parks and community gardens ("Communities Take Root"), low-income neighborhoods and international hunger relief sites ("Fruit Relief"), Native American reservations ("Trees for Tribes"), health centers ("Roots of Recovery"), and animal sanctuaries ("Orchards for Animals"). Learn more about all of our program areas in the descriptions and photos below.

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Fruit Relief in Maharashtra, India
July, 2010 - Present: FTPF continues its important work in poverty-stricken areas of rural India by planting orchards at schools, public spaces, and hospitals in the Latur and Beed districts of Maharashtra. FTPF partnered with an Indian partner organization, CleanStar, to create dozens of large orchards and distribute hundreds of trees directly to low-income families, along with training on how to care for them. These orchards will give kids and their families access to fresh produce and clean air. More than 13,000 trees have been planted and distributed to date, with thousands of volunteers and students participating. In the village of Latur, FTPF was greeted with a parade around town, with elementary students holding signs and chanting "Save the planet, clean the environment, plant fruit trees!" Local government officials pledged to work with FTPF to start a new green movement in the region, and in fact planted thousands of additional trees after being inspired by our project.

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California State Capitol Grove in Sacramento, California
May, 2010: FTPF continued its groundbreaking work to benefit the environment and improve nutrition by partnering with California’s First Lady Maria Shriver and her WE Garden initiative to plant a fruit tree grove at the California State Capitol Grounds. FTPF donated a small grove of mature fruit trees to the WE Garden, including almond, apricot, plum, and cherry trees. FTPF staff joined the First Lady, California Secretary of Food and Agriculture A.G. Kawamura, and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to plant this exciting demonstration orchard at the Capitol. All of the produce from the garden is donated to area food banks.

First Lady Maria Shriver concluded: “The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation’s groundbreaking work feeds communities in need and greens the environment, all at once. A truly extraordinary, yet simple concept that led to our collaboration to plant fruit trees in the WE Garden in Capitol Park to help our communities for years to come.”

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Hopi Village Orchards in Arizona
September, 2008 - March, 2011: In 2008, FTPF launched a pilot program to donate 212 fruit trees to the Hopi Tribe in Arizona through a series of community orchards and household distributions. Based on its success, FTPF has since returned with more than 1300 fruit trees to plant 12 additional schoolyard and community orchards and countless household mini-orchards. This ambitious effort was a partnership with Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture and included distribution of free fruit trees to all Hopi volunteers. More than 500 trees were gifted to tribal members to plant near their homes. Strong community support for the orchard project was evident in the hundreds of Hopi volunteers who braved the spring wind and dust storms to plant their new community orchards. In addition to providing households with access to fresh, nutritious produce, these orchards are helping restore the Hopi culture of orchard keeping, restoring a rich arboricultural tradition of self-sustenance through fruit tree production. Tribal elders recalled drying peaches on their rooftops when they were young and expressed looking forward to sharing dried fruit with their grandchildren. Governor Antone Honanie of Kykotsmovi Village summed up much of the community sentiment about the project: “I am very thankful for the help and assistance our village received from The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation with re-establishing our orchards. It is good to know that with their help, the future of our children looks brighter and promising.”

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Community Orchards Project, New Orleans, Louisiana

November, 2009: FTPF collaborates with Parkway Partners to create a series of 5 community orchards in New Orleans, all of which were located in neighborhoods that were severely damaged by the flooding of Hurricane Katrina—including the Lower Ninth Ward, Gentilly, and St. Roch. In the Lower Ninth, old trees have been uprooted (it is estimated that up to 80% of the fruit trees were destroyed by the flood) and there are few local grocery stores remaining to provide fresh produce. By creating community orchards with the highest quality trees we could find, FTPF addressed both of these issues (sites include 20 trees at the Gorilla Garden and 15 trees at the Forstall Community Garden). We are told by local teachers that there are only 3 schools left in area, and we planted an orchard at one of them (12 trees at Our School at Blair Grocery). In Gentilly, we were told by the local neighborhood association that the orchard was planted on the first lot to be given back to a neighborhood for their use as a community asset by the city after the flooding (21 trees at the Gentilly Community Garden). In St. Roch, locals informed us that our orchard site was a dump site for over 50 years, and the transformation is now being described as a “dump to oasis” (19 trees at the Life Is Art Community Garden).

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Fruit Tree 101, Brazil
March, 2009: FTPF collaborates with Partners of the Americas to donate and plant nearly 450 fruit trees at 21 low-income schools in Mococa, Botucatu, and Itaparica, providing improved nutrition and environmental education opportunities for more than 5000 students. The city governments in each location participated and thanked us for planting the seeds of environmental consciousness in addition to the trees themselves.

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Igarai Fruit Relief, Brazil
March, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Relief" program distributes fruit trees to every family in a low-income housing community in Igarai, Brazil, to provide a sustainable source of nutrition and help cool down a neighborhood devoid of trees. We also provided advice on where to plant the tree, and helped each and every of the 56 families in the community do so.

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Tana Delta Fruit Relief, Kenya
Spring, 2007-2008: FTPF's "Fruit Relief" program launched a life-saving effort to distribute fruit trees directly to needy families and schools in coastal Kenya to provide a sustainable source of nutrition. The program has successfully donated and planted over 5000 fruit trees in the Tana Delta region to date.

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Havasupai Tribe Community Orchard in Supai, Arizona
April, 2007 - 2008: To date, FTPF's "Trees for Tribes" program has donated over 1000 fruit trees and shrubs to Havasupai tribal households and created multiple community orchards. 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 3 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. This project has created the first town in the world where every household has access to at least 5 fruit trees in their backyards.

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Vrindavan Fruit Relief, India
August, 2006 - September, 2007: FTPF's "Fruit Relief Vrindavan" program implemented a life-saving effort to donate 200 fruit trees directly to needy families every month. In 2007 alone, FTPF created backyard orchards for more than 700 poverty-stricken families in 27 villages. In August, 2006, FTPF helped launch a large orchard that is currently 332 fruit bearing trees strong and built a water well for Food For Life Vrindavan (FFL), a hunger relief group serving 1200 free meals daily to starving families. Harvest from the orchard will be used to supplement their meals program. The director of FFL wrote: “For us and for our children, FTPF’s orchard donation to supplement our hunger relief efforts will literally save lives.”

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Project timeline

Sowing Seeds For Life in Glendora, California
January, 2012: FTPF collaborates with this Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Orange County Great Park, helping provide 25 large valencia orange trees, planted at a local church, to supply the food pantry with fresh produce.

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Klamath Trinity Resource Conservation District in Hoopa, California
January, 2012: FTPF plants 42 fruit trees and 26 shrubs that will supply the tribal community with fresh produce. Communities Take Root!

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Commodore Options School on Bainbridge Island, Washington
December, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 20 fruit trees and 61 shrubs with environmental lessons for 75 students.

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Barack Obama Charter School in Los Angeles, California
December, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 15 fruit trees and 6 shrubs for this school.

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Jerry Holland Middle School in Balwin Park, California
December, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 24 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 80 students.

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Markham Middle School in Los Angeles, California
December, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 13 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 30 students.

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Odyssey Charter School in Altadena, California
December, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 14 fruit trees and 2 shrubs with environmental lessons for 30 students.

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O'Farrell Community Charter School in San Diego, California
December, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 25 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 50 students.

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Smythe Elementary School in San Diego, California
December, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 15 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 60 students.

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Urban Sprouts at June Jordan School for Equity in San Francisco, California
November, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 25 fruit trees and 6 shrubs with environmental lessons for 150 students.

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Robert L. Stevenson Elementary School in San Francisco, California
November, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 15 fruit trees and 10 shrubs with environmental lessons for 30 students.

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Peacehaven Community Farm in Whitsett, North Carolina
November, 2011: FTPF plants 44 fruit trees for this community farm. Communities Take Root!

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Johnston Community College Arboretum in Smithfield, North Carolina
November, 2011: FTPF plants 45 fruit trees for this arboretum. Communities Take Root!

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Owens Field Park in Columbia, South Carolina
November, 2011: FTPF plants 32 fruit trees and 3 shrubs for this public park, with great attendance from local volunteers, nonprofits, and the mayor of Columbia himself! for the arboretum. Communities Take Root!

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South Plains Food Bank in Lubbock, Texas
October, 2011: FTPF plants 40 fruit trees to supply this food bank with fresh produce for its programs. Communities Take Root!

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Calvary Growing in Grace Community Garden in Richmond, Texas
October, 2011: FTPF plants 28 fruit trees for this community garden, with attendance from local dignitaries. Communities Take Root!

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The Community Food Bank in Marana, Arizona
October, 2011: FTPF plants 39 fruit trees for this food bank's distribution programs. Communities Take Root!

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Sheldon Early Childhood Academy in Houston, Texas
October, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 15 fruit trees and 5 shrubs with environmental lessons for 220 students.

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Berry Elementary Environmental Magnet School in Houston, Texas
October, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 25 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 100 students.

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Gregory Lincoln Education Center in Houston, Texas
October, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 25 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 30 students.

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Sandywoods Farms in Tiverton, Rhode Island
September, 2011: FTPF plants 50 fruit trees for this community's farm. Communities Take Root!

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Friends of Edgewood Park in New Haven, Connecticut
September, 2011: FTPF plants 40 fruit trees for this public park. Communities Take Root!


Centennial Learning Center in Portland, Oregon
September, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 20 fruit trees and 10 shrubs with environmental lessons for 40 students.

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United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota
September, 2011: FTPF plants 30 fruit trees and 24 shrubs that will supply the community and local tribal food banks with fresh produce. Communities Take Root!

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Warwick Valley Community Center in Warwick, New York
September, 2011: FTPF plants 38 fruit trees for to supply the community with fresh produce. Communities Take Root!

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Cudell Improvement in Cleveland, Ohio
August, 2011: FTPF plants 40 fruit trees to supply low-income households and local food pantries with fresh produce. The Mayor of Cleveland joins FTPF for the planting! Communities Take Root!

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COLA Victory Youth Community Garden in St. Louis, Missouri
August, 2011: FTPF plants 20 fruit trees and 8 shrubs for the community. Communities Take Root!

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The Urban Farm at Stapleton in Denver, Colorado
August, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 42 fruit trees at this farm that serves Denver public schools, and held environmental lessons for 40 students.

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Rio Dell Community Garden in Rio Dell, California
July, 2011: FTPF plants 19 fruit trees and 12 shrubs on the grounds of the Redwood Memorial Hospital to provide the community and local food pantries with fresh produce. The mayor of Rio Dell joined us! Communities Take Root!

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Make Miracles Grow Foundation in Chicago, Illinois
July, 2011: FTPF plants 23 fruit trees and 13 shrubs to supplement the center's environmental and nutritional education outreach. Communities Take Root!

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Earth Tipi on the Pine Ridge Native American Reservation in South Dakota
June, 2011: FTPF plants 40 fruit trees to help create a sustainable homesite model, offering an orchard space for workshops and volunteer activities for the tribal community. Communities Take Root!

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A Third Place Community Foundation in Turley, Oklahoma
June, 2011: FTPF plants 40 fruit trees to create an orchard that will help link two diverse, struggling neighborhoods, both with high rates of food insecurity. Communities Take Root!

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Brigit's Bounty
June, 2011: FTPF plants 40 fruit trees to help create a "giving garden" where all the produce is given to those in need, at places such as food banks and senior centers. Communities Take Root!

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Farmville Community Orchard in Farmville, Virginia
June, 2011: FTPF launches the 2011 Communities Take Root program season with collaborators Dreyer's Fruit Bars and Farmville the video game. A large 45 fruit tree orchard was planted in a city park next to a recreational lake to provide the community with a gathering space and healthy nutrition. Communities Take Root!

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KIPP Vision Academy in Atlanta, Georgia
May, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 26 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 30 students.

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College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Atlanta, Georgia
May, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 26 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 80 students.

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Century Villages at Cabrillo in Long Beach, California
May, 2011: FTPF teams up with Nestle to donate and plant a massive orchard of 164 fruit trees to provide low-income residents of the villages with a sense of pride and a source of nutrition.

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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of South Dakota
May, 2011: FTPF returns to the reservation to follow up its 2009 program by planting 125 additional trees, helping improve the health of the community and providing a safe haven for tribal youth. Communities Take Root!

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Sustainable Ways in Westcliffe, Colorado
May, 2011: FTPF plants 27 fruit trees as part of a community healthy initiative started by the local hospital district. Communities Take Root!

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Muckleshoot Tribe of Washington
April, 2011: FTPF's "Trees for Tribes" program creates two orchards, one at the tribal school (34 fruit trees, 30 shrubs/plants) and the other at the tribal college (19 fruit trees, 97 shrubs/plants). Both orchards will be used to teach students about sustainability, with tribal elders using the plants to demonstrate how to prepare indigenous medicines.

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St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix, Arizona
March, 2011: FTPF plants 30 large, balled & burlapped fruit trees with this nonprofit that serves individuals in need. Communities Take Root!

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South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center in Corpus Christi, Texas
March, 2011: FTPF plants 35 fruit trees for one of Texas' largest botanical gardens. Communities Take Root!

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Anathoth Community Garden in Cedar Grove, North Carolina
March, 2011: FTPF plants 40 fruit trees and shrubs for a local community garden. Communities Take Root!

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Shasta Union Elementary School in Shasta, California
March, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 30 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 225 students.

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El Dorado Elementary School in San Francisco, California
January, 2011: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 29 fruit trees and shrubs with environmental lessons for 60 students.

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Rings of Saturn Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, California

December, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 13 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 120 students.


Plasencia Elementary School in Los Angeles, California

December, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 9 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 100 students.


Micheltorena Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, California
December, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 33 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 50 students.

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Thomas Jefferson High School in Los Angeles, California
December, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 25 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 80 students.


Saratoga Street Community Garden in New Orleans, Louisiana
November, 2010: FTPF plants 33 fruit trees for improved community nutrition, continuing FTPF's efforts to reforest blighted properties in the area since Hurricane Katrina. Communities Take Root!

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Flagler County Department of Juvenile Justice Council's Community Garden in Bunnell, Florida
November, 2010: FTPF plants 12 fruit trees and 8 fruiting shrubs to help provide food for area food banks. Communities Take Root!

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Fruit and Spice Park in Miami, Florida
November, 2010: FTPF plants 50 tropical fruit trees with the Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation Department to provide the public with educational opportunities and serve as a demonstration orchard. Communities Take Root!

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Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Community Orchard in Nixon, Nevada
November, 2010: FTPF plants 110 fruit trees to provide the tribe with a sustainable source of fresh produce. Communities Take Root!

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McKinley Elementary International Baccalaureate World School in San Diego, California
October, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 20 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 50 students.

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Alice Birney Elementary in San Diego, California
October, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 15 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 75 students.

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Harriet Tubman Village Charter School in San Diego, California
October, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 25 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 79 students.

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MLK Charter School in New Orleans, Louisiana
October, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 14 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 45 students.

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Andrew H. Wilson Charter School in New Orleans, Louisiana
October, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 13 fruit trees with environmental lessons for students.

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Belle Chasse Academy in Belle Chasse, Louisiana
October, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 12 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 50 students.

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Mulberry Community Gardens in Fort Collins, Colorado
October, 2010: FTPF plants 20 fruit trees to improve community-nutrition. Communities Take Root!


Botanical Heights Community Garden in St. Louis, Missouri
October, 2010: FTPF plants 29 fruit trees and 10 fruiting shrubs on a vacant lot in a blighted neighborhood to create a community asset. Communities Take Root!

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City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Community Orchard in Bloomington, Indiana
October, 2010: FTPF plants 40 fruit trees and 27 fruiting shrubs and vines, creating a community orchard that will improve Bloomington's food security and community engagement. Communities Take Root!

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City of Kendallville Parks Community Orchard in Kendallville, Indiana
October, 2010: FTPF plants 40 fruit trees, creating a community orchard open to all. Communities Take Root!

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Hatch Elementary in Oak Park, Illinois
September, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 30 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 75 students.

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Groundwork Lawrence Community Garden in Lawrence, MA
September, 2010: FTPF plants 30 fruit trees, creating a community orchard open to all. Communities Take Root!

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Gilda's Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan
September, 2010: FTPF plants 20 fruit trees and 10 fruiting shrubs to provide healthy and wholesome food for this cancer support community's members. Communities Take Root!

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Bock Community Forest and Garden in Middleton, Wisconsin
September, 2010: FTPF plants 28 fruit trees to create a community fruit forest and provide organic produce to donate to local food pantries as part of the garden's "Plant s Row for the Hungry" program. Communities Take Root!

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Wingra Park in Madison, Wisconsin
September, 2010: FTPF plants 10 fruit trees to create Madison's first fruit tree orchard in a public park. Communities Take Root!

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Eagle Heights Community Garden in Madison, Wisconsin
September, 2010: FTPF plants 35 fruit trees and 18 fruiting shrubs to create a community orchard to feed local families. Communities Take Root!

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Animal Place in Grass Valley, California
August, 2010: FTPF's "Orchards for Animals" program plants 22 apple trees at this safe haven for farmed animals. The trees will provide essential nutrition, shade, enrichment, and foraging opportunities for rescued animals.

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Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse in Conklin, New York
August, 2010: FTPF plants 35 fruit trees to assist in CHOW's hunger relief and advocacy programs to grow fresh produce for over 30 food pantries and 35 soup kitchens in the region. Communities Take Root!

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Town of Waitsfield Community Orchard in Waitsfield, Vermont
August, 2010: FTPF plants 50 fruit trees to create a large community orchard open to all. Communities Take Root!

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The Childhelp Alice C. Tyler Village in Lignum, Virginia
August, 2010: FTPF plants 18 fruit trees and 11 fruiting shrubs to create a meditation forest area for child victims of abuse and neglect who are treated at the center. Communities Take Root!

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Southside Virginia Family YMCA
August, 2010: FTPF plants 50 fruit trees to create a large orchard to be used in the Y's youth programs. Communities Take Root!

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Friends of Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School in Mattapan, Massachusetts
September, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 15 fruit trees and 17 fruiting berries with environmental lessons for 30 students.

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Yurok Tribe in Northern California
July, 2010: FTPF plants 77 trees for the Yurok Tribe to utilize for improved community nutrition. The nearest market is an hour's drive away so the orchard will serve an important tribal function. Communities Take Root!

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Kepner Middle School in Denver, Colorado

July, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 39 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 60 students.

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Denver School of Science & Technology in Denver, Colorado

July, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 40 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 60 students.

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Alpha Resource Center of Santa Barbara, California
June, 2010: FTPF plants 100 fruit trees at this facility that serves individuals with developmental disabilities. The orchard will provide fresh produce to the local food bank as well as serve as an educational tool for visitors. The executive director of the organization wrote that the project "...inspired a whole community." Communities Take Root!

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Project Homeless Connect Garden in San Francisco, California
Arbor Day, 2010: FTPF launched a collaborative program with Dreyer's Fruit Bars called "Communities Take Root" at this community garden for San Francisco's homeless community by planting 36 fruiting trees, shrubs, and vines and also holding a tree give-away for the community where 125 fruit trees were distributed. The orchard will help provide a model of self-sustainability for the local homeless and formerly homeless community, as exemplified by this quote from a community garden member, "All these trees we're planting remind me of hope."

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Public Schools in Redding, California

February-May, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 60 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 50 students at Lassen View Elementary School, 14 trees at Cypress Elementary School, 36 trees at the Shasta College Community Teaching Garden, and 42 trees with 400 students at Shasta Meadows Elementary School.

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Wheeler Elementary School in Wahiawa, Hawaii
April, 2010: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 37 fruit trees and fruiting shrubs with environmental lessons for 88 students.

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Fruit Tree Planting Workshops in Northern California
January-February, 2010: FTPF's arborist offers a series of free pomology workshops in the Redding, California area to teach fruit tree care principles and inspire attendees to plant more trees in their everyday lives. Seven separate workshops were held at a local nursery, garden club, and farm, with more than 250 attendees. A hands-on workshop and demonstration to help restore a centuries-old apple tree orchard in Whiskeytown National Park was held with over 30 attendees and volunteers on February 6.

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Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, California

December, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 28 fruit trees and fruiting shrubs with environmental lessons for 35 students.

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Mission High School in San Francisco, California
December, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 33 fruit trees and fruiting shrubs with environmental lessons for 15 students.

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Soquel High School in Soquel, California
December, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 64 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 35 students.

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Treeview Elementary School in Hayward, California
December, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 26 fruit trees and fruiting shrubs with environmental lessons for 60 students.

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Cherokee Park & Sports Complex Park in York, Alabama
November, 2009: In York, Alabama, FTPF collaborated with the Department of Parks & Recreation and the Coleman Center for the Arts to plant public orchards at two city parks, both of which will utilize the trees environmentally and for improved nutrition in what is one of the lowest-income counties in the country (54 trees at Cherokee Park & 12 trees at Sports Complex Park). At Cherokee Park, we are told that in the 1970’s, when desegregation finally found its way to York, the directors of a segregated swimming pool complex located in the park decided to destroy the entire structure rather than open their doors to minorities. At our planting, it gave the community great joy to join hands to plant trees together and do something positive for the park and the community at-large.

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Henry Foss High School in Tacoma, Washington
October, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 39 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 60 students.

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Portland Village School in Portland, Oregon
October, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 27 fruit trees and vines with environmental lessons for 60 students.

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Center for Research in Environmental Sciences & Technologies in Portland, Oregon
October, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 70 fruit trees and vines with environmental lessons for 20 students.

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Ivy Montessori Public Charter School in Portland, Oregon
October, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 30 fruit trees and vines with environmental lessons for 60 students.

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Tobin Elementary School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
October, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 30 fruit trees and shrubs with environmental lessons for 50 students.

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Belmont Academy Charter School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
October, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 30 fruit trees and shrubs with environmental lessons for 60 students.

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Charles O. Dewey Middle School 136 in Brooklyn, New York
October, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 28 fruit trees and shrubs with environmental lessons for 50 students.

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The Ben Samuels Children's Center at Montclair State University in New Jersey
October, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 28 fruit trees and shrubs with environmental lessons for 60 students.

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Dr. Ronald E. McNair Elementary School in Compton, California
September, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 30 large fruit trees and installs drip irrigation system with environmental lessons for 100 students. Famed actor and environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. attends orchard dedication ceremony and talks to students about becoming environmental stewards.

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Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School in Baltimore, Maryland
September, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 63 fruit trees and shrubs with environmental lessons for 60 students.

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The Bragg Nature Center in Baltimore, Maryland
September, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 40 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 8 students.

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Holabird Academy in Baltimore, Maryland
September, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 42 fruit trees and shrubs with environmental lessons for 60 students.

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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of South Dakota

August, 2009: FTPF's "Trees for Tribes" program created a 92-tree community orchard on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in McLaughlin, including installing irrigation, staking, donation of tools, and holding a fruit tree workshop for residents. The reservation is located in the third poorest county in the country and the orchard has been named "The Hope Orchard" by tribal elders. FTPF also donated a 20-tree orchard to the local school, McLaughlin Public School.

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Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah

June, 2009: FTPF's "Trees for Tribes" program created a 57-tree community orchard at the Shivwitz Band Reservation in Ivins and distributed up to 5 fruit trees to every family, providing assistance planting the trees in their backyards. FTPF also created a 30-tree community orchard at the Cedar Band Reservation in Cedar City. FTPF held free horticultural workshops for residents and donated a dripline irrigation system for each orchard as well as the tools to maintain them.

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Leilani Farm Sanctuary in Haiku, Hawaii
April, 2009: FTPF's "Orchards for Animals" program plants 42 fruit trees at this safe haven for farmed animals. The trees will provide essential nutrition, shade, enrichment, and foraging opportunities for rescued animals.

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Red Hill Elementary in Honolulu, Hawaii
April, 2009: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 30 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 60 students.

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The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, California
April, 2009: FTPF's "Global Cooling Zones" program created a fruit tree orchard of 26 trees at this educational center on county land that is open to the public to teach sustainability.

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Fruit Tree Planting Workshops in Northern California
January-February, 2009: FTPF's arborist offers a series of free pomology workshops in the Redding, California area to teach fruit tree care principles and inspire attendees to plant more trees in their everyday lives. 12 separate workshops were held with more than 550 attendees, including a hands-on effort and demonstration to help restore a centuries-old apple tree orchard in Whiskeytown National Park.

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Rancho Guajome Adobe County Park in Vista, California
January, 2009: FTPF's "Global Cooling Zones" program created a public fruit tree orchard of 30 trees at this historical park, helping restore its traditional use and providing fresh nutrition for countless park visitors.

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Los Penasquitos Adobe County Park in San Diego, California

January, 2009: FTPF's "Global Cooling Zones" program created a public fruit tree orchard of 30 trees at this historical park, helping restore its traditional use and providing fresh nutrition for countless park visitors.

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People of Progress in Redding, California
December, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Relief" program plants 44 fruit trees and installs full irrigation system and protective fencing to provide source of nutrition for renowned food bank in northern California.

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San Diego City College in San Diego, California
December, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 60 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 20 students.

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Crawford High School in San Diego, California
December, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 17 fruit trees and 8 fruiting shrubs with environmental lessons for 20 students.

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Pacific Beach Middle School in San Diego, California
December, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 7 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 15 students.

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Oak Run Middle School in New Braunfels, Texas
November, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 35 fruit trees and erects protective fencing with environmental lessons for 50 students.

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Bexar County Academy in San Antonio, Texas
November, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 25 fruit trees and 5 fruiting shrubs with environmental lessons for 60 students.

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Dr. Harmon Kelley Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas
November, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 25 fruit trees and 5 fruiting shrubs with environmental lessons for 70 students.

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Lowell Elementary School in Teaneck, NJ
November, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 20 fruit trees and 5 fruiting shrubs with environmental lessons for 40 students.

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Whittier Elementary School in Teaneck, NJ
November, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 23 fruit trees and 2 fruiting shrubs with environmental lessons for 100 students.

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Fruit Tree Workshop & Giveaway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
November, 2008: FTPF partnered with the Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation Department, in a program made possible by Absolut, to implement a a free fruit tree give-away at three city parks and delivered a unique interactive workshop to teach fruit tree enthusiasts about proper planting and care. The program resulted in 671 fruit trees—including mangos, avocados, carambolas, grapefruits, oranges, and tangelos—being distributed to city residents. The effort trained nearly 100 workshop participants on how to plant trees and help restore an area that has lost countless trees in recent years due to hurricane damage—while fighting global warming and providing healthy nutrition at the same time.

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Tennyson High School in Hayward, California
October, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 33 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 50 students.

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Sempervirens Outdoor School in Boulder Creek, California
October, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 31 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 45 students.

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Farm Sanctuary in Orland, California
October, 2008: FTPF's "Orchards for Animals" program plants 50 fruit trees and provides workshop for 25 volunteers at this renowned safe haven for farmed animals. The trees will provide essential nutrition, shade, enrichment, and foraging opportunities for rescued animals.

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Moencopi Day School in Tuba City, Arizona (Hopi Reservation)
September, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 64 fruit trees with environmental lessons for 60 students.

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Early Childhood Learning Center in Columbus, OH
September, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 16 fruit trees and 31 fruiting shrubs on campus with environmental lessons for 15 special needs students.

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Brookside Elementary in Columbus, OH
September, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 30 fruit trees and 30 fruiting shrubs on campus with environmental lessons for 50 students.

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Wenonah High School in Birmingham, Alabama
July, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 30 fruit trees and 10 fruiting shrubs on campus with environmental lessons for 80 students.

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Monaview Elementary School in Greenville, South Carolina
June, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 30 fruit trees and 10 fruiting shrubs on campus and delivers environmental lessons for 25 students and horticultural training for 20 volunteers.

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Perspectives-Calumet Charter School in Chicago, Illinois
June, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 31 fruit trees and 7 fruiting shrubs on campus and delivers environmental lessons for high school students and horticultural training for 35 volunteers.

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Interamerican Magnet School in Chicago, Illinois
June, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 30 fruit trees and 10 fruiting shrubs on campus and delivers environmental lessons for 45 students and horticultural training for 30 volunteers.

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Steven K. Hayt Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
June, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 15 fruit trees and 15 fruiting shrubs on campus and delivers environmental lessons for 40 students and horticultural training for 12 volunteers.

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Waikiki Elementary School in Honolulu, Hawaii
April, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 60 fruit trees on campus with environmental lessons for 45 students.

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Waialua Elementary School in Waialua, Hawaii
March, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 33 fruit trees on campus with environmental lessons for 25 students.

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Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale, California
March, 2008: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 60 fruit trees and shrubs on campus with environmental lessons for 150 students.

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Ziwani Primary School in Tana Delta, Kenya
February, 2008: Description: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 80 fruit trees and shrubs on campus, including mangoes, soursops, jackfruits, and rolineas, with environmental lessons for 300 students.

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Albert Einstein Academies in San Diego, California
December, 2007: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 40 fruit trees and shrubs on campus, including an entire citrus grove, with environmental lessons for students.

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Midvale Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin
October, 2007: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 70 fruit trees and shrubs on campus, with environmental lessons for 125 students.

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Learning Garden Laboratory in Portland, Oregon
May-November, 2007: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants 124 fruit trees and shrubs on this campus which serves 10 Portland area public schools with educational opportunities and harvest for school lunches. Plants included almonds, filberts, figs, cherries, apples, Asian pears, persimmons, olives, aronia, seaberries, serviceberries, and honeyberries.

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Tryon Life Community Farm in Portland, Oregon
May, 2007: FTPF's "Fruit Relief" program creates community orchard as a resource for improved nutrition as part of the annual Village Building Convergence program in Portland.

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San Ysidro High School in San Diego, California
March, 2007: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants an orchard for students at this school, just miles from the Mexican border.

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Palmer Way Elementary School in National City, California
September, 2006: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants orchard for improved nutrition and educational opportunities for students. An official with the school district wrote: “We expect the FTPF orchards planted at each school to last for decades, giving our students the opportunity to receive environmental education that would not otherwise be available to them.”

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Ira Harbison Elementary School in National City, California
September, 2006: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants orchard for improved nutrition and educational opportunities for students. An official with the school district wrote: “We expect the FTPF orchards planted at each school to last for decades, giving our students the opportunity to receive environmental education that would not otherwise be available to them.”

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Elizabeth T. Hughbanks Elementary School in Rialto, California
July, 2006: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants orchard for improved nutrition and educational opportunities for students.

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Dr. John H. Milor High School in Rialto, California
July, 2006: FTPF's "Fruit Tree 101" program plants orchard for improved nutrition and educational opportunities for students.

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Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in Boulevard, California
July, 2006: FTPF's "Trees for Tribes" program planted 40 mature fruit trees in a community fruit tree orchard for improved tribal nutrition.

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Tree of Life in Patagonia, Arizona
July, 2006: FTPF's "Roots of Recovery" program donated 72 fruit trees to this world-renowned nonprofit healing center that has helped many recover from debilitating illnesses through diet and lifestyle choices. The center will use excess harvest to donate to local food banks.

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Shakti Rising in San Diego, California
March, 2006: FTPF's "Roots of Recovery" program donated a small orchard to this innovative drug rehab center.


Hurricane Katrina Food Relief in New Orleans and Texas
September, 2005: After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, FTPF donated two large truckloads of fresh produce to help those serving free meals to natural disaster victims.

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The Rose Homeless Shelter in Santa Rosa, California
August, 2005: FTPF's "Fruit Relief" program planted an orchard at this homeless shelter for women and children for residents to use for improved nutrition. Excess harvest from the trees will be donated to a local food bank.

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Costa Rica Tree Planting and Erosion Prevention Workshops
Summer, 2004: FTPF held erosion prevention workshops in Costa Rica to help locals improve environmental sustainability. In the process, FTPF planted more than 1000 trees, medicinal herbs, and companion plants.


Brazil Tree Planting and Sustainability Workshops
April, 2004: FTPF horticulturist, Dennis Sharmahd, teaches sustainability principles in Brazil and plants groves of fruit trees.


Western U.S. Tree Plantings
2002 - 2004: FTPF planted more than 2000 trees in Hawaii and Southern California to improve environmental conditions.