Harvest Peace gives back to farmers by contributing to organizations that donate olive trees to offset destruction caused by regional dispute. These organization, in collaboration with donors, volunteers and farmers, is dedicated to promoting deeply rooted peace and sustainability.
REVERSING THE DESTRUCTION
Trees for Life started in 2005 and is administered by the Palestine Fair Trade Association. The project plants thousands of olive trees in Palestine every year. Besides its development aspect, the 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.