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Help plant 7,500 olive trees in Palestine
The "Trees for Life: Planting Peace in Palestine" program provides individual Palestinian farmers with new olive tree saplings (3 years old) to plant and nurture in order to renew their decimated groves. The project helps offset the enormous destruction of olive trees by the Israeli army, settlers and the illegal Annexation Wall. It also helps starter and women farmers.
Olive growers in the regions of Jenin, Nablus and Salfit receive 25 to 50 olive tree saplings each. The program was designed to keep costs down to a minimum. The cost per tree sapling has unfortunately been increasing over time. The two greatest factors are cost of saplings from nurseries and most significantly the cost of getting water to the trees to help ensure survival in the all-important first year.
Originally launched in late 2005, the Trees for Life program was conceived by Zatoun-Canada to share with partners around the world has been met with enthusiastic support. With the help of PFTA (Palestine Fair Trade Association) on the ground in Palestine, the program was designed to ensure an equitable and efficient program providing maximum benefit to farming families who need it the most.
PFTA representatives deliver and help distribute the olive saplings and ensure prompt planting. They also visit all participant farmers after planting to ensure proper care of the trees and assess watering needs for the summer months. Farmers requiring assistance to water trees during summer will be assisted by PFTA.
The program helps connect Palestinian fair trade farmers and producers to the grassroots fair trade movement in Europe and North America in a meaningful way. The Trees for Life project is solely funded by grassroots movements abroad and invested in the fair trade movement in Palestine.
“Planting Peace in Palestine” is not merely a subheading. It is a statement of our sincere belief that Palestine must be a viable economic entity and its people must have the means to earning a livelihood if there is to be a just peace.
THE GOAL FOR 2015
For 2015, the world-wide goal for Trees for Life is to raise $50,000 to enable the planting of 7,500 olive tree saplings in approximately 400 farms distributed over 25 agricultural areas across Palestine.
Zatoun in Canada has contributed over $185,000 across nihe planting seasons. This is a combination of contributions from proceeds of Zatoun olive oil sales and direct donations / sponsorships received from individuals across North America as well as organizations such as US Committee to End the Occupation, American Friends Service Committee, Ten Thousand Villages in Canada and a number of faith groups.
Farmers interested in participating in the project apply through PFTA coordinators. Allocations are granted based on the following criteria which the applicant must meet:
Priority will be given to the following applicants:
olive farmers of Palestine thank you for your support!