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Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) is South Africa’s social and environmental enterprise improving lives and landscapes towards healthy people on a healthier planet, since 1990. Over 4.2 million trees, 1000's of permaculture food gardens, bamboo projects and organic farms have been planted for poor communities. Read More...

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Breaking Ground on Food & Trees for Africa’s First Food Forest

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JOHANNESBURG – 9th March 2018 – In the build-up to the International Day of the Forests 2018, Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) will be breaking ground on the organisation’s first urban food forest. 1000 trees have been committed by the South African National Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), for the benefit of the Evaton, Sebokeng and Orange Farm community members. 20 of these trees will be planted on the 9th of March, as FTFA, DAFF and local community members break ground on the Food Forest at Letsema Illima Primary School in Evaton. The remaining 980 trees will be donated to pre-identified local farmers and schools, who will use the trees to start food forests on their premises.
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Planting 1,071 trees during the ‘month of love’

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JOHANNESBURG –February 2018 – This month, forty schools in the Pretoria area will receive gifts in the form of fruit and indigenous shade trees. Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA), a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, have donated a total of 1,071 trees to beneficiaries in Ga Rankuwa and Shoshanguve. Staff volunteers from KMSA’s Pretoria branch kicked off the tree plantings on the 15th February at Rantailane Secondary School in Ga Rankuwa, where 50 indigenous trees were planted to shade the playground.
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The Mandela Rose

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On the 8th of February 2018 the Nelson Mandela Foundation together with Keith Kirsten launched the Mandela Rose, developed in honour of our late president. It was a moving day at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, where struggle stalwarts, friends and family packed into the auditorium to reflect on Tata Madiba’s legacy.
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Keeping an Eye on Community Development with Tiger Brand

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In 2017, Tiger Brands reached out to Food & Trees for Africa. After community development meetings held in March, vegetable gardens and tree planting initiatives were planned for the year ahead. These initiatives are designed to address food security, carbon sequestration and community greening. 

Since then, FTFA has assessed 22 of Tiger Brands’ NGO partner organisations across the country. 
Our Food Gardens Department then implemented Permaculture Starter Packs (PSP1’s) at 8 selected community food gardens, after which an additional 9 sites were included. These are being implemented this year (2018).
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WOOLIES EMPLOYEES TURN THE SOIL AT LOCAL SCHOOLS WITH EDUPLANT

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In celebration of October’s World Food Day, a volunteer cohort of over 200 employees from Woolies stores across the country rolled up their sleeves and went to work with learners in ten schools’ permaculture food gardens. As part of the Woolworths Employee Community Involvement Programme, this initiative recognised the importance of local, sustainably-produced, good food and helped these schools take their food gardens to the next level.
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Arbor Month with ABSA Vehicle Asset Finance

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8728 Trees Planted this Arbor Month by ABSA Vehicle Asset Finance
JOHANNESBURG - September 29, 2017 – At Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) we are marking the end of Arbor Month (September) with a massive drive to plant trees in Ekhuruleni, Gauteng.
To assist customers who are in the market for a new car to make an environmentally friendly choice, Absa Vehicle and Asset Finance became the first auto financer to offer green vehicle finance in August 2011.
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Konica Minolta Greening South Africa This Arbor Month

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Arbor Month – Greening South Africa by planting 1810 trees with Konica Minolta South Africa
JOHANNESBURG – September 01, 2017 - In September, Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA), a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd., and Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), committed to plant 1810 trees in three different provinces across South Africa. Trees will be planted at schools, clinics and community centres in Johannesburg, Newcastle and Polokwane. Johannesburg will see the planting of 900 trees - both Newcastle and Polokwane have been allocated 455 trees each, to be planted at identified beneficiaries.
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Planting a Legacy this Arbor Month

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14,137 Trees and Counting - Planting a Legacy this Arbor Month - 2017 – Food & Trees for Africa
JOHANNESBURG - September 01 2017 - The 1st of September, Arbor Day, will see Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) and their partners planting trees at five schools across four provinces in South Africa. This is the beginning of a month of intensive planting where at least 14,137 trees will be planted across the country. We encouraged all individuals, organisations and businesses to “Plant a Legacy” with us this Arbor month - and they have stepped up to the challenge. Despite these commitments we have almost 2000 schools on our national database waiting to receive trees, and are encouraging those who have not yet made a donation, to do so.
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Set It Right

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Arbor Month 2017 – Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) launches new programme with innovative social tech
Fundraising for communities and the environment using integrated Social Media Platform
24 August 2017 - On 01 September 2017, as part of their Arbor Month campaign, Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) will be launching a first-of-its-kind social media platform to raise money for the environment and communities in South Africa.
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Nourishing The Nation with Tiger Brands

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Tiger Brands approached FTFA in 2017, to assist with food garden training and support for 8 community feeding schemes which Tiger Brands supports. The training has focused on introducing participants to natural farming methods, and jump starting existing vegetable gardens to maximise production. The permaculture aspects which have been covered work towards ensuring sustainability of these projects. To support the training, resources are provided and include: educational posters, seeds, fruit trees, compost, seedlings, tools and The Growing Green book.

Eventually we hope to work with these community groups to start supplying their feeding schemes with fresh and nutritious vegetables.
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