So you want to save the planet and get free fresh fruit for your good efforts?
As featured on The Today Show, “Fruit Tree 101” is a program of The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation that brings fruit tree orchards to schoolyards so students can improve the quality of the air and water while creating a source of tasty snacks for decades to come. Not only do our schoolyard fruit orchards help the environment, but they give your teacher an excuse to hold class outside when it’s time for science lessons!
“Fruit Tree 101” is made entirely possible through the generous support of Stretch Island Fruit Co., makers of FruitaBÃ¼, Such environmentally conscious companies are truly making the world a better place for everyone.
Our orchard donations involve, on average, about 20-25 trees minimum (we do not currently offer single trees) to public schools. The trees, materials, orchard installation design work, and onsite environmental curriculum with students are all donated, free of charge for the benefit of the school and its students. Download our application here and ask an interested school official to complete and return it to us directly according to the instructions in the document.
“Fruit Tree 101” orchards can serve as outdoor edible classrooms, where students meet to learn about botany, ecology, and how to protect the planet’s health. One school district official wrote that they expect the orchards “…to last for decades, giving our students the opportunity to receive environmental education that would not otherwise be available to them.” When FTPF donates an orchard to your school, you and your teachers help plant the young trees while you learn about how important they are to your health and the planet. This is one class where it is OK to get muddy and dig in the dirt!
FTPF’s orchards have been planted throughout the United States and include trees bearing figs, cherries, apples, pears, citrus, cherimoyas, sapodillas, and much more! That means that students across the country have a fresh, healthy source of nutrition in their diets. You can read more about some of the schools that have benefited from the program here.
Fruit Tree 101
Fruit Tree Planting Foundation Fruit Tree Orchard Grant