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TREES FOR LIFE

CANAAN COMMUNITY SUPPLIES TREES TO FARMERS

Trees for Life is a program that gives thousands of olive trees to farmers starting out, as well as smaller farmers and those whose trees or lands have been destroyed by Israeli Occupation. In the past 10 years, the project has planted more than 100,000 trees! The Trees for Life project is solely funded by grassroots movements abroad and soley invested in the Palestinian fair trade movement in Palestine.  This project helps offset the enormous destruction of olive trees by the Israeli occupation army in Palestine.

There has been so much interest in buying trees as gifts through the Land of Canaan Foundation. $20 plants 3 olive trees or 6 almond trees. They make great gifts that give twice! You will get a certificate to present. A number of solidarity communities sell tree sponsorships to both fundraise and help Palestinian farmers. Our farmers thank you. Together, we keep Palestine alive.

 

REVERSING THE DESTRUCTION

Trees for Life started in 2005 and is administered by the Palestine Fair Trade Association, with the support of Canaan Fair Trade and our olive oil distributors around the world, like US Campaign, Zatoun,The Olive Coop , ZaytounCanaan USALand of Canaan Foundation, Jewish Voice for Peace, Alter Eco. The project plants thousands of olive trees in Palestine every year. Besides its development aspect, this program helps connect the Palestinian farmers and producers in the fair trade movement in Palestine to the grassroots fair trade movement in Europe and North America.

A committee of PFTA farmers implements and administers the program.  Growers must qualify for lots of 25-50 trees. They must have suitable land, the capacity to nurture the trees, fields prepared for planting immediately upon delivery, and a commitment to fair trade practices.  Priority for trees goes to small farmers, young farmers with inherited or acquired land, landed women interested in farming, and farmers who have lost trees to the occupation. Trees are planted between Tree Day, January 15, and Land Day, March 30. The ritual of planting symbolically connects growers to their international supporters and the international fair trade movement. (Trees for Life Report 2015).(Trees for Life Report 2014). (Trees for Life 2013 Report). (Trees for Life 2012 Report). (Trees for Life 2010 Report). (Trees for Life 2009 Report).