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Community Orchards and Gardens: A Growing Affair!

image of Fresh citrus and pomegranates

Give a man a fish. Teach a man to fish. Stock the pond for all. – Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

A “growing” affair

Picture a few parks, parking lots and sidewalks nearest to your home, work, or school. Now imagine fruit trees in place of the existing ornamental trees. Think about seasonal tree ripened fruit like, sweet figs, crunchy apples, juicy pears, thirst quenching oranges, tart pomegranates. Your mouth is watering. Maybe you skipped breakfast, or lunch. You reach up, pick one for now and one for later. Sounds great but how could that work? Glad you asked!

Pear image
the beauty of fresh fruit

How it works

Publicly or institutionally maintained areas provide grounds that are already landscaped, watered, and cared for. Plumbing is already in place for drinking fountains and small wash stations can be installed nearby. Maintenance crews would use safe and compliant pest control. That reduces harmful pesticide exposure to humans and pets. It also reducing pesticide runoff. Planting fruit trees in place of ornamental trees would still provide shade and beauty. The edible resource is the ultimate benefit.

image of an urban garden
making use of decommissioned train tracks

Where it works

  • Public and neighborhood parks
  • Community gardens and orchards
  • Campus gardens and horticulture plots
  • Shopping and inner-city parking lots
  • Youth clubs
  • Parks and recreation facilities
image of a community garden with a large cityscape in the background
cityscape community gardening

Why it matters   

Communities adopting and implementing this concept might be more open to urban gardening and promoting gleaning at nearby farms. It addresses the two main reason for food insecurity; the lack of income and access to healthy food. The model fosters community cooperation, and contributes to a beautiful, cleaner and more functional environment

How it helps

Established Programs

Orchard Keepers Learning Series 

Baltimore Orchard Project

Philadelphia Orchard Project 

Portland Fruit Tree Project 

Copely Community Orchard

Urban Food Forestry 

Los Angeles Community Garden Council 

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Agricultural Programs

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Urban Gardens

ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture and learning about community gardens

Urban Food Forestry-Increase to Food Security  (PDF download)

Orchard People Learn to Grow Fruit Trees

School Gardening Sponsorship 

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image of a cup of coffee, a magazine and a potted plantThank you for stopping by.  Do you know how important you are? You have the potential to change the world! You are creative, imaginative, and engaging. Yes, YOU! Envision the exponential of your potential with two of you, ten of you, hundreds of you, and thousands of you! Sowing good seed into one another is powerful.

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