Saturday Series - An Interview with Diane Ragone
In this new Saturday Series, Nourishing the Planet interviews inspiring people who are working on the frontlines to improve the global food and agricultural systems.
Read Dr. Ragone`s responses to:
o What sparked your interest in breadfruit cultivation in the first place?
o What about breadfruit specifically makes the fruit a promising staple for food security and reforestation in the tropics?
o What about breadfruit have you found most fascinating in your recent research of the crop?
o Do you foresee any challenges in breadfruit conservation as climate change could influence future biodiversity and the global food supply?
o What part of your work with breadfruit are you most proud of?
Download file: Worldwatch.org_Blog-Saturday_Series_.pdf
Posted in Media Coverage on Saturday, August 18th, 2012
Drucker Institute Announces Nonprofit Innovation Award Finalists
The National Tropical Botanical Garden has been named one of the 10 finalists for the 2012 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. The NTBG was selected for the work of the Breadfruit Institute to promote the conservation and use of food and reforestation.
Presented annually since 1991, the Drucker Award is granted to organizations that demonstrate Peter Drucker`s definition of innovation--change that creates a new dimension of performance. In addition, the judges look for programs that are highly effective and that have made a difference in the lives of the people they serve.
A record number of applications were received this year--more than 612 nonprofits in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The three winners will be announced in September. The first-place prize is $100,000, thanks to a generous grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation. The second-place prize is $7,500; the third-place prize is $5,000.
The additional nine finalists for the 2012 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation are:
o American Refugee Committee
o Family Independence Initiative
o Fresh Artists
o Lutheran Community Services Northwest
o Participatory Culture Foundation
o The Posse Foundation
o Taproot Foundation
o The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill`s National College Advising Corps
The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University is a think tank and action tank whose purpose is to better society by stimulating effective management and responsible leadership. It does this, in large part, by advancing the ideas and ideals of the late Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management.
Posted in Media Coverage on Thursday, August 16th, 2012
Breadfruit - Staple Crop
Breadfruit is having a major impact in Hawaii and across the globe as a food source and in reforestation.
Article by Ian Cole, in Landscape Hawaii June-July 2012.
Courtesy of Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii.
Download file: LICH_breadfruit_June_2012.pdf
Posted in Media Coverage on Monday, June 25th, 2012
Innovation of the Week: Taking Breadfruit From the Lab in to the Field
The work being done by NTBG`s Breadfruit Institute has been recognized as "Innovation of the Week" for the week of June 23 2011 by the WorldWatch Institute.
In it`s Nourishing the Planet project article `Taking Breadfruit from the Lab into the Field`, WorldWatch writes "The [Breadfruit] Institute is not only conserving the crop`s diversity, but it`s also tapping into its potential to help alleviate global hunger, while protecting the environment." "As the cost of fuel and fertilizer rises, improving access to crops that are sustainable over the long run is more important than ever before."
The Nourishing the Planet project assesses the state of agricultural innovations-from cropping methods to irrigation technology to agricultural policy-with an emphasis on sustainability, diversity, and ecosystem health, as well as productivity. The project aims to both inform about global efforts to eradicate hunger and to raise the profile of these efforts.
To read the full feature, go to:
Watch the new video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wylO9wAhyVs
Posted in Media Coverage on Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Breadfruit Institute Named "Local Hero" for 2012
The Breadfruit Institute received the prestigious Local Hero Award 2012 from Edible Communities’ publication "Edible Hawaiian Islands" for the work the Breadfruit Institute is doing to promote the use of breadfruit as a staple food in the tropics. The Institute has developed a way to reproduce the trees by the millions, paving the way for them to make a major difference in the problem of global hunger. Edible Communities is a publishing and information services company that creates editorially rich, community-based, local-foods publications in distinct culinary regions throughout the United States and Canada.
Posted in Media Coverage on Sunday, May 6th, 2012
Breadfruit Project at Women`s Prison has Kauai Roots
The Women`s Community Correctional Center on Oahu has succeeded with an inmate breadfruit tree (`Ulu) project with roots at the Breadfruit Institute in Kalaheo.
Article in the Garden Island newspaper.
Posted in Media Coverage on Monday, February 20th, 2012
Hawaii Women Inmates Nurture Breadfruit Trees
The Garden Club of Honolulu and the Breadfruit Institute are working with the Women`s Community Correctional Center on Oahu on projects to provide horticultural training and help enhance prison grounds with food, lei, and other useful plants.
Ten Ma`afala trees planted at the prison in July 2009 are thriving under the care of the inmates. They are now close to eight feet tall and beginning to bear their first crop of fruit.
Posted in Media Coverage on Thursday, February 16th, 2012
Breadfruit Article in Wall Street Journal Causes an Outcry of Protest
Breadfruit was featured on the front page in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. The negative headline and tone of the article has motivated many breadfruit aficionados around the globe to comment.
See the original article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203752604576645242121126386.html
The author`s blog:
And for a more nuanced report on breadfruit: http://www.rachellaudan.com/2011/11/breadfruit-all-but-inedible.html
Posted in Media Coverage on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Breadfruit in Horticulture Magazine
"Diane Ragone - "Ending Hunger" by Maria Zampini in the April 2011 issue of Horticulture Magazine.
View a PDF of complete article by clicking on the link below this posting (permission granted to Breadfruit Institute to republish in this format).
Download file: 2011_Horticulture_Magazine.pdf
Posted in Media Coverage on Thursday, October 20th, 2011
A Breadfruit Lunch
Olelo pa’a Faith Ogawa respects and loves the land through the preparation and celebration of food.
To show all the wonderful ways to enjoy breadfruit--and share her personal spiritual feelings about growing and using food in Hawai’i--Olelo pa’a recently prepared a spectacular, multi-course lunch for Ke Ola magazine Co-Publisher Barbara Garcia and writer Fern Gavelek.
Read more at: http://keolamagazine.com/the-life-of-the-land/a-breadfruit-lunch/
Posted in Media Coverage on Friday, September 9th, 2011
For the Love of Ulu
Grown on impressive-sized shade trees, breadfruit, or 'ulu in Hawaiian, is an important crop in Hawaii and other warm climates because of its versatility.
Article in West Hawaii Today newspaper.
Posted in Media Coverage on Monday, April 18th, 2011
Will Hana Feed the World?
The Breadfruit Institute and its commercial partner, San Diego-based Global Breadfruit, are preparing to ship tens of thousands of healthy young ulu plants in 2011.
Posted in Media Coverage on Friday, January 7th, 2011
NTBG Celebrates Breadfruit
Breadfruit Institute promotes `ulu for food, reforestation and sells trees at NTBG Christmas Craft Fair.
Download file: 2010_Garden_Island_breadfruit_12_6_10.pdf
Posted in Media Coverage on Monday, December 6th, 2010
Breadfruit - When it Thrives it Provides
In sleepy Hana, a breadfruit revolution is unfolding.
Download file: Breadfruit_Maui_News_2010_sm.pdf
Posted in Media Coverage on Sunday, December 5th, 2010
Ulu - Another Look at Hawaii
Article about breadfruit ('ulu) and the work of the Breadfruit Institute in promoting the conservation and use of breadfruit for food and reforestation.
EDIBLE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS MAGAZINE
Download file: Edible_Hawaiian_Islands_Ulu_article.pdf
Posted in Media Coverage on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
A simple solution to a complex problem - could this tropical fruit end world hunger.
Article by Colleen Brooker in St. John Sun Times newspaper April, 2010.
Download file: 2010_St._John_Sun_Times_breadfruit_.pdf
Posted in Media Coverage on Friday, April 30th, 2010
Plant a Sustaining Breadfruit Tree
Article in Big Island Weekly newspaper March 31, 2010.
Posted in Media Coverage on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
Breadfruit on your table and in your landscape
Growing a native Hawaiian ulu tree that can produce many pounds of food while providing a large and lovely landscape specimen makes good sense. If you are considering planting for sustainability and for food security, the ulu tree is an excellent choice on both counts.
Article by Diana Duff in West Hawaii Today newspaper March 28, 2010.
Download file: 2010_West_Hawaii_Today_breadfruit_on_your_table.pdf
Posted in Media Coverage on Monday, March 29th, 2010
Bread of life: Fighting world hunger with breadfruit - Miami Herald
Article about the Breadfruit Institute and breadfruit with a recipe for a delicious West Indian breadfruit gratin in the Living section of the Miami Herald newspaper.
Download file: Miami_Herald_Breadfruit_Article.pdf
Posted in Media Coverage on Saturday, February 20th, 2010
Cooking With Breadfruit
Article about the Breadfruit Institute and breadfruit with three recipes in SMITHSONIAN online: Arts & Culture.
Posted in Media Coverage on Friday, August 21st, 2009
Tree of Plenty - The Bounty of Breadfruit
A lone adventurer, a botanical odyssey and the fruit that stands poised to feed the tropical world.
HANA HOU: THE MAGAZINE OF HAWAIIAN AIRLINES
Volume 12, No. 4
Download file: Hana_Hou_124_2009_breadfruit.pdf
Posted in Media Coverage on Friday, August 21st, 2009
Newsweek Article - Breadfruit to the Rescue
A team of researchers led by Diane Ragone of the Breadfruit Institute at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Kauai, Hawaii, has discovered how to propagate breadfruit en masse to ship to regions in Central America and Africa where it would grow best (and where hunger rates are highest).
This article by Daniel Stone published on line August 1, 2009. Available on newsstands August 10/17 issue.
Posted in Media Coverage on Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
Fostering a passion for the breadfruit
Marooned on a tropical island? Stumped for what to fix for dinner? If you can find breadfruit, your prayers are answered, and National Tropical Botanical Garden's Dr. Diane Ragone will explain it all to you...
This article by Anne O'Malley first appeared in the April 15, 2009 issue of KAUA'I PEOPLE, published weekly by THE HONOLULU ADVERTISER.
Permission granted to NTBG to republish in this format on NTBG's website. View PDF of complete article.
Download file: Kauai_People_Ragone.pdf
Posted in Media Coverage on Saturday, July 25th, 2009
Preserving the Bounty of Breadfruit
Any way you slice it, breadfruit is a big deal.
UBC REPORTS Dec. 4, 2008
University of British Columbia
Posted in Media Coverage on Saturday, July 25th, 2009
Breadfruit: A crop of global significance
Breadfruit is well known in the Pacific as a source of food security, and more recently as an export commodity in countries such as Fiji and Samoa. The First International Breadfruit Symposium on Research and Development, which took place in Nadi (16-19 April 2007), revealed that the importance of breadfruit has spread far beyond the borders of the Pacific.
LRD FOCUS 2007
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Posted in Media Coverage on Friday, July 24th, 2009
Breadfruit - KCRW Radio Interview
Evan Kleiman interview with Dr. Diane Ragone, Director of the Breadfruit Institute.
GOOD FOOD October 4, 2008
KCRW, Santa Monica, California
Posted in Media Coverage on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009