Fruit Tree 101

July 30, 2008  • 

Fruit Tree 101 is a program that brings fruit tree orchards to schoolyards so that students can improve the quality of the air and water while creating a source of tasty snacks for decades to come. A program of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) and made possible by the generous support of Stretch Island Fruit Co., makers of FruitaBü™ Organic Smoooshed Fruit™ for kids, 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.

At each planting, an educator teaches students about the importance of eating fruit every day and then shows students how to make several fresh fruit snacks, such as fruit kabobs and banana wheels. An arborist then gathers the students to plant the fruit trees and shrubs. After planting the trees, they talk about how to care for them and the important role that trees play in protecting the environment.

Visit the FTPF’s Fruit Tree 101 website to read more about some of the schools that have benefited from the program and to learn how you can nominate your school.