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Group Accomplishes Goal Of Planting 200,000 Fruit Trees In Los Angeles By End Of 2020

“We’re trying to get fruit trees into communities where they’re going to have the most benefit, some places like schools, native American reservations, and community gardens.”

CBSLA
November 23, 2020

A pomegranate tree planted this weekend in the East Hollywood Community Garden is the 200,000th tree planted by the Fruit Tree Project.

he Fruit Tree Project, along with Vitafusion Gummy Vitamins and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, has been working since 2007 to plant 200,000 fruit trees throughout Los Angeles. The project’s goal is to ultimately generate 28 million pieces of fruit, 33 million pounds of oxygen and eliminate 40 million pounds of CO2 from the air.

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November 28, 2020   Comments Off on Group Accomplishes Goal Of Planting 200,000 Fruit Trees In Los Angeles By End Of 2020

Northeast Ohio pawpaw orchard finds popularity this season

Local agriculturist Justin Husher grows pawpaws and other plants at his small orchards in Northeast Ohio. (Photo by Anne Nickoloff, cleveland.com)

“I think it’s a shame that there isn’t already a pawpaw industry in the United States of America. Pawpaw is a Native American fruit,” Husher said

By Anne Nickoloff
cleveland.com
Sep 21, 2020

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Husher’s love of pawpaws dates to 2009, when he first attended the Pawpaw Festival in Athens, Ohio. The multi-day event has grown in its 20 year-history to become a major Southern Ohio staple that draws both agriculturists and fans of the fruit from around the Midwest. In recent years, Husher has participated as a judge in the festival’s pawpaw competition.

Husher, who holds a botany degree from Miami University of Ohio and an MBA from Cleveland State University, got his start growing mushrooms in the ’90s and later worked on urban agriculture projects with Cleveland, focused on growing tomatoes and other annual plants.

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September 28, 2020   Comments Off on Northeast Ohio pawpaw orchard finds popularity this season

Canada: Fruitful partnership aims to deliver fresh picked produce to community organizations.

Vancouver Fruit Tree Project: Since 1999, we have harvested over 72,000 lbs of fruit in Vancouver

By Farah Motani
Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Coordinator
Sept 2020

VFTP is a volunteer-run registered charity that has been tackling local food waste and food insecurity since 1999. We harvest surplus backyard fruit for redistribution to those experiencing barriers to accessing fresh produce. Our volunteers go to tree owners homes and pick as much fruit as we can!

We provide the tree owner and volunteers with a portion of the harvest and the rest goes to one of our 12 community partners to be used in their programming. Our mission is to celebrate the bounty of the urban orchard, aid inclusive food networks and cultivate community. In the past 20 years we’ve rescued over 72,000 pounds of fruit, and redistributed them to different organizations including community centres, food hubs, daycares, shelters and more. We also offer pruning services and host educational workshops for our community members.

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September 12, 2020   Comments Off on Canada: Fruitful partnership aims to deliver fresh picked produce to community organizations.

UK: Buckingham Palace Selling Homemade Gin To Make Up For Pandemic Losses

The garden at Buckingham Palace provides a habitat for 30 species of birds and more than 250 species of wildflowers. The planting of mulberry trees was popularised in England during the reign of James I, and this royal association continues today, with 40 different species of the trees in the Palace garden.

By Premila D’Sa
Huffington Post
07/14/2020

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The Royal Family announced Monday that they’ve started selling homemade gin. Buckingham Palace gin is made from ingredients gathered at the palace gardens, which span about 39 acres and have about 200 species of wildflowers.

According to the palace’s website, it contains 12 hand-picked flowers and citruses, including “lemon, verbena, hawthorn berries and mulberry leaves.” Mulberry trees were planted in the royal gardens in the 1500’s under King James I, and there are now 40 different species growing in the gardens.

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July 15, 2020   Comments Off on UK: Buckingham Palace Selling Homemade Gin To Make Up For Pandemic Losses

400 Years After Its First Apple Farm, Boston Remains an Urban Orchard

Community groups, or “delegations” to the Boston Tree Party, planted pairs of apple trees in public spaces around Boston. Courtesy Of The Boston Tree Party

Urban canners and tree-planting groups are maintaining an heirloom tradition.

By Reina Gattuso
Atlas Obscura
July 8, 2020

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Boston’s reputation as an epicenter for heirloom fruit dates back to 1623. That was the year European settlers planted their first apple orchard on the land of the Massachusett tribe, in what is now Boston’s posh Beacon Hill neighborhood. There were apple relatives in the New World before European colonization, but the ancestors of the fruits we eat today originated in Central Asia, entered Europe through the Silk Road, and were brought to North America by Europeans. Settlers developed dozens of new fruit cultivars, but apples were the most important, offering colonists cider and sustenance through the brutal New England winters. Settlers in Boston developed several unique apple varieties, from the sandpaper-skinned, acid-fleshed Roxbury Russet (the first American colonial apple, developed in the mid-1600s) to the bluish-maroon, melon-musky Blue Pearmain (developed in the late 1700s).

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July 14, 2020   Comments Off on 400 Years After Its First Apple Farm, Boston Remains an Urban Orchard

Grow Fruit & Vegetables in Pots: Planting Advice & Recipes from Great Dixter

Expert planting advice for growing fruit and vegetables in pots from the acclaimed English garden – with 50 delicious recipes

By Aaron Bertelsen (Author), Andrew Montgomery (Photographer)
Phaidon Press
February 12, 2020

Beautifully illustrated, Grow Fruit & Vegetables in Pots provides clear, practical information on growing fruit and vegetables in containers, whether that be a window box or a terracotta pot on a balcony. Aaron Bertelsen of the acclaimed English garden at Great Dixter will guide you through what to grow, which pots to use, give personal tips on varieties to choose, and advice on cultivation and care.

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June 9, 2020   Comments Off on Grow Fruit & Vegetables in Pots: Planting Advice & Recipes from Great Dixter

Singapore urban farm offering to pay its customers who help grow seeds of free longans into 30cm saplings

When the seeds grow into 30cm tall saplings, OnHand Agrarian will buy them back for S$10 each.

By Syahindah Ishak
Mothership
Apr 18, 2020

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Since Singapore entered the circuit breaker period on Apr. 7, everyone is not allowed to leave their homes, unless it’s for an essential purpose.

While many are stuck at home with nothing to do, one urban farm company in Singapore decided to lend a helping hand.

OnHand Agrarian wrote in a Facebook post on Friday, Apr. 17 that it will deliver Malaccan longans to its customers.

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April 23, 2020   Comments Off on Singapore urban farm offering to pay its customers who help grow seeds of free longans into 30cm saplings