The Fruit Tree Planting Association - Hawaii

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Basic Information

Address: 14-633 Papaya Farms Rd. Pahoa HI 96778
Phone Number: 831-621-8096
Fax Number: 831-621-7978
Director: Cem Akin

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Environment, Health & Nutrition, Hunger, Community Development
Languages used as a Medium: English
Travel Arrangements:

Participants travel to Hilo International Airport, and will recieve transportation to Na Piko from there.

Program Highlights:

VOLUNTEER, LEARN & LIVE AT NA PIKO. Na Piko will be home to several fruit tree nurseries as well as the volunteers who help maintain them. These nurseries supply our orchard-planting programs in Hawaii. At least three hours of work per day (five days a week) is required for all volunteers, along with a monthly contribution of $750, which includes a living space, access to shared bathrooms and kitchens, four daylong plant identification and propagation courses taught by our botany professor, ongoing arboricultural training with FTPF staff arborists, and Sunday yoga in the lodge with a vegan group meal provided in the evening. The grounds and kitchen have a vegetarian foods only policy. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and space is very limited. Contact Cem Akin at napiko@ftpf.org for more info on experiencing the magic of Na Piko!

Mission Statement:

THE FRUIT TREE PLANTING FOUNDATION (FTPF) IS AN AWARD WINNING INTERNATIONAL NON-PROFIT dedicated to planting fruit trees to alleviate world hunger, combat climate change, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water. FTPF’s Na Piko nursery & eco-retreat center unites the raw power of Hawaii’s natural beauty with a mission to plant fruit trees for local families. Volunteers work and live at the facility, alongside FTPF staff, to grow thousands of trees and assist in the implementation of programs with local schools, state lands for reforestation, and low-income families to ensure they have access to perennial nutrition in their backyards—along with the proper training in their care.

Program History:

NA PIKO WAS DESIGNED WITH HARMONY IN MIND. Completely off the grid, we use solar power and pure, filtered rain water. Three kitchens, five bathrooms and internet access ensure home comforts in an environment that supports simplicity and connection with nature. A wonderful open-aired lodge provides the perfect setting for interaction. Minutes away, enjoy world-class reef snorkeling, beach-side volcanically heated swimming holes and steam vents, the world's most active volcano, state parks, fresh exotic fruits and cuisine, outdoor markets most days of the week, and an eclectic collection of progressive communities.

Events:

Tree planting, nursery care, weekend yoga, horticultural workshops, vegetarian cooking events, group meals, permaculture classes, community engagement, tree distribution.

Additional Information:

At least three hours of work per day (five days a week) is required for all volunteers, along with a monthly contribution of $750, which includes a living space, access to shared bathrooms and kitchens, four daylong plant identification and propagation courses taught by our botany professor, ongoing arboricultural training with FTPF staff arborists, and Sunday yoga in the lodge with a vegan group meal provided in the evening. The grounds and kitchen have a vegetarian foods only policy.