Community Orchards and Gardens: A Growing Affair!
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!
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.
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
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
- Contributes to food security
- Stimulates robust and healthy communities
- Adaptive development and city planning
- Promotes development of public orchards
- Encourages community gardening
- Improves urban landscape
- Develops food-share mindset and opportunities
- Promotes local farmers to adopt gleaning programs
- Births learning programs
Orchard Keepers Learning Series
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
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