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Our Mission

We are a Charitable Trust committed to planting four fruit trees for every New Zealand citizen. This represents over 17 million trees.

Our goal is to teach sustainability- to our children, their children and ongoing generations of young Kiwi children through the planting of fruit trees.

We hold the future of the world in our own hands. The time to do this is now.

“You can solve all the world’s problems in a garden” Geoff Lawton, International permaculture teacher and consultant

Our Vision

At Fruit For Our Children, we seek to restore individual and community health in a simple, natural way. We invite you to become part of an inspiring possibility, to join us in nurturing a positive vision of an abundant future: one which is healthier, happier and less stressful. There are many possible visions of abundance; ours is an abundance of healthy, nutritious fruit, freely available to all, the length and breadth of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

We envision

  • growing fruit trees organically, with less toxins and more nutrients
  • producing a range of fruit varieties locally, to shorten the distance between the orchard and the table
  • helping create vibrant, healthy communities, through recognition of common needs and goals
  • empowering people of all ages to plant fruit trees on local Marae and the commons; in church yards, back yards, school yards, town and country
  • connecting children with nature, to improve their vitality and overall quality of and reverence for life

How could you contribute to this project?

  • by making a donation
  • as a sponsor
  • as a resource person
  • as a community link
  • as a supplier of cuttings / root stock
  • join our mailing list of volunteers

Mission

The trustees of Fruit For Our Children invite you to join us and add strength to the movement to take back control of our food supply and our lives.

We are a Charitable Trust committed to planting
four fruit trees for every New Zealand citizen.
This represents over 17 million trees.

Our goal is to teach sustainability,
to our children, their children
and ongoing generations
of young Kiwi children
through the planting
of fruit trees.

We hold the future of the world
in our own hands.
The time to do this is now.

In the words of H.G. Wells, written nearly a century ago, “Maybe the earliest dawn of human greatness will be the mass realization of the last 200 years, and how terribly out of harmony it is.”

Why Fruit

Let us learn and understand why planting fruit trees is something we can all do to create a peaceful more loving, healthy, caring community.

  • Fruit in Schools program is currently under threat.  More than 40 per cent of the children ate no fruit at the start, which reduced later to 22 per cent at the free-fruit schools.  Researchers and teachers report “greater alertness and concentration” in children accords.  As fruit consumption rose, pie consumption declined – a trend that reversed when the free fruit stopped.
  • Kiwi kids are getting fatter.  More than 50% of our adult populations is overweight or obese.
  • New Zealand currently ranks sixth fattest among Western nation.  56% of New Zealand adults are obese or overweight and the percentage is rising.  10% of children were obese and regional studies suggest the rate is increasing.
  • There is evidence that diet rich in vegetables and fruit helps control and also prevents diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes is growing by 3% per year in children and adolescents and at 5% per year among preschool children.

FRUIT RESTORES HEALTH AND VITALITY