Community Fruit Tree projects, Mostly In North America
Not only do these sites talk about their various community projects, many of them also have some very good links and resources. See also the Food Security page for urban agriculture resources.
Food News: Urban Fruit Gleaning – Portland Group – Excellent video on community harvesting YouTube video
Ken Meter: Building a Local Food Economy (part 1 of 3) – YouTube video
Planting Trees – Fallen Fruit -Good intro video YouTube video
Giving Grove, Kansas City, Missouri http://www.givinggrove.org/the-giving-grove-resources
Alliance for Community Trees http://actrees.org/site/index.php
The Backyard Harvest – http://www.backyardharvest.org/ Washington, Idaho, California
Beacon Food Forest– Seattle Washington. http://www.beaconfoodforest.org/
The Bountiful Cities Project – Ashville, NC – http://www.bountifulcitiesproject.org/about.html To create, on urban land, beautiful community spaces that produce food in abundance and foster a learning environment for social justice and sustainability.
Common Ground – Dorset, England – http://www.commonground.org.uk/
Earth Matters – Youth Environmental Programs and Services – Nelson, BC, Canada – http://earthmatters.ca/ Good projects and resources.
East of England – Apples and Orchards Project – England http://www.applesandorchards.org.uk/
Food Not Lawns – Promoting growing food producing plants in neighborhoods. http://www.foodnotlawns.net/
The Gleaners Coalition – Olympia, WA – http://www.gleanerscoalition.org/
Heartland Tree Alliance – Kansas City – An affiliate of Bridging the Gap. http://www.heartlandtreealliance.org/egap.php?id=85
Lettuce Link via Solid Ground – Seattle WA – CLICK HERE Organized harvesting and redistribution of fruit.
LifeCycles Fruit Tree Project – Victoria, BC, Canada – http://www.lifecyclesproject.ca/initiatives/fruit_tree/
Bloomington Community Orchard http://www.bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org/site/
Madison Fruits and Nuts – Madison WI – http://madisonfruitsandnuts.org/
Maine Organic farmers and Gardeners Association, Main Heritage Orchard- http://www.mofga.org/Home/MaineHeritageOrchard/tabid/540/Default.aspx
North End Neighbours – A local neighborhood project called the Hamilton Fruit Tree Project is listed here.
Philadelphia Orchard Project – Philadelphia, PA – They plant orchards in Philadelphia. Community organizations own, maintain and harvest the crops. http://www.phillyorchards.org/ They have a good list of links to other projects here. http://www.phillyorchards.org/orchards/links
Portland Fruit Tree Project – Portland, OR – http://portlandfruit.org/ Portland Fruit Tree Project provides a community-based solution to a critical and growing need in Portland and beyond – access to healthy food.
The Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project – Richmond, BC, Canada – http://www.richmondfruittree.com/ Local links, brochure, surplus fruit distribution, etc.
Tree Folks – Austin, TX – http://www.treefolks.org/home.asp Programs include 1) Grant program for individuals, schools 2) Education 3) Sapling Days in October. 4) Urban Orchard 5) NeighborWoods – combating heat island effect
Tree People – Los Angeles, CA – http://www.treepeople.org/vfp.dll?OakTree~getPage~&PNPK=1 Training on care and planting of trees, works with school children and adults, water usage issues, etc. Large organization.
21 Acres – Woodinville, WA – http://www.21acres.org/ Our mission is to cultivate, demonstrate and advance systems that support sustainable agriculture.
The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project – Vancouver, BC, Canada – They work to increase access to fresh local fruit throughout Vancouer. They harvest and distribute fruit. http://www.vancouverfruittree.com/
Village Harvest – Santa Clara Valley, California – http://www.villageharvest.org/
This list contains links to programs that incorporate schoolyard orchards (also vegetables & other plants) into the curriculum or involve students in other exciting and relevant educational opportunities that include: fruit trees, orchards and processing food. Some video links are also included.
California School Garden Network – http://www.csgn.org/
Center for Ecoliteracy – http://www.ecoliteracy.org/about/index.html
Collective Roots – Schoolyard program and very good schoolyard links http://www.collectiveroots.org/schoolyard_transformation
Common Vision – Common Vision School Program PDF http://www.commonvision.org/getinvolved/invite/invite.php The following is a video about their program ‘Common Vision Fruit Tree Tour’ You tube Video Another video about an elementary school fruit tree planting YouTube video
Earthworks – Boston – They offer some information about their schoolyard programs, info for teachers, information on creating a program, etc. http://www.earthworksboston.org/outdoor
EcoSchool Design – http://www.ecoschools.com/ Excellent links to Resources for edible gardens and mini-farms (some are listed on this page). http://www.ecoschools.com/Edible/Edible_wSidebar.html They also publish a very good resource directory ‘Green Schoolyard Resource Directory‘ which could also be modeled here. Click Here PDF 1MB
The Edible Schoolyard – Martin Luther King. Jr Middle School, Berkeley, CA- very good links page, including sources of funding. http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/how_res.html
Evergreen – Canada – Excellent publications for various school projects (related to trees) are available for download. Can design a local program based on some of these resources. http://www.evergreen.ca/en/lg/lg-resources.html
Farm To School – http://www.farmtoschool.org/
Garden Mosaics – http://www.csgn.org/
Kids Gardening.org – “Helping young minds grow” Very resourceful and informative site. http://www.kidsgardening.com/index.asp
Harvest Rhythm – ‘The Making of a Schoolyard Orchard’ – Video presentation of the project. Click here to open link or Open here at YouTube – there are other interesting videos related to this one at this location.
School Gardens – Texas A&M – http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/kindergarden/Child/school/sgintro.htm
Sustainable Agricultural Resources for Teachers – USDA resource – http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/AFSIC_pubs/k-12.htm
Sustainable Food Center, SFC – Austin, TX – http://www.sustainablefoodcenter.org/SHK_lessons.html
Grafting at Bernie Elementary – YouTube video
Real Food Is…By Abernethy Elementary School – YouTube Video
Gardening for Life – Program in Australia, fruits and vegetables. YouTube Video
Orchard Updates – Fruit Tree orchard at an elementary school, good overview of program. Video from ‘Common Vision’ in Los Angeles. YouTube video
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