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Our Mission

The Lawrence Fruit Tree Project provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need for direct access to healthy food. We work to educate, assist, and inspire the public to grow, steward, and utilize perennial food plants. Our aim is to build community, increase local food security, and create direct, lasting bonds between people and their urban environment.

Persimmon, pawpaw, plum, elderberry, apple, apricot, and cherry

Ripening apples
Ripening apples

Supporting local fruit tree endeavors can be very rewarding for you and your community

Fruiting trees not only provide a renewable and annual source of fresh fruit and nuts, they also protect our soil, provide shade, and are very attractive in the landscape.   Urban orchards produce a generous amount of delicious fruit.

Fruit trees provide interesting educational opportunities for everyone.  They reconnect us with nature and our agrarian roots. They also provide us with satisfying community activities that bring folks together.  Enjoying the fruits of our labor is something to look forward to every year!

Volunteer opportunities include planting events, tree care projects, harvesting parties, assisting with workshops and other tasks that will grow our organization.

10 reasons why growing fruit makes our city a better place

  • Fruit trees provide a renewable and annual source of  delicious fresh fruit and nuts.
  • Wholesome foods such as those from fruit trees improve nutrition and health.
  • Growing fruit trees can teach valuable and marketable skills such as planting, tending, composting, and food processing, and provides an excellent learning laboratory for children to learn about biology and food production.
  • Fruit trees are an attractive part of our landscape with their beautiful blooms, foliage and fruit.
  • Coming together to plant, harvest and maintain fruit trees strengthens the social fabric of the community, thus making our neighborhoods cleaner, safer, and more livable.
  • Fruit trees connect folks and their agrarian roots.
  • Fruit trees increase food security by reducing our reliance on imported produce.
  • Fruit trees connect people to place.  Eating locally creates direct, lasting bonds between people and their urban environment.
  • Fruit trees benefit the environment by reducing urban heat, absorbing carbon emissions, filtering water, cleaning the air, absorbing noise, and reducing storm water runoff.
  • It feels really good to walk by a fruit tree and pick a ripe fruit.

The Lawrence Fruit Tree Project accomplishes it goals in the following ways:

  • Helping community partners establish and maintain community orchards by providing necessary technical knowledge
  • Maintaining a database of fruiting trees on public and private land
  • Providing useful resources to local residents for planting and caring for fruit trees.  This is mainly accomplished through our website resources but also shared at meetings, etc.
  • Maintaining a website
  • Offering workshops (tree variety selection, site selection, grafting, harvesting, fruit storage, agroforestry, permaculture, etc.)
  • Developing proposals to plant fruiting trees in appropriate places on public land
  • Organizing volunteers to maintain specific projects
  • Developing a scion exchange
  • Propagating fruit trees to make desirable cultivars available for LFTP projects


Ripe apricots!
Ripe apricots!
New York Elementary - Orchard planting
New York Elementary – Orchard planting

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please click on the link below.    You will be notified of Community Orchard volunteer opportunities, workshops and other pertinent happenings.

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See the RESOURCES link page for a complete list of resources.