ACTrees Awards Community Groves℠ Grants To Grow Urban Orchards Nationwide

Washington, DC (June 30, 2014) — Alliance for Community Trees is proud to announce the recipients of its 2014 Community Groves℠ grant awards. Funding will support local grassroots organizations to plant, maintain, and harvest fruit and nut trees in 12 cities across the country from California to New Hampshire.

CommunityGroves_Color_MSOffice_white_bkgrnd“Healthy trees make healthy communities,” said Carrie Gallagher, Executive Director of Alliance for Community Trees. “Planting Community Groves℠ of fruit and nut trees will provide fresh food for communities, educate residents about nutrition and agriculture, bring neighbors together, and revitalize vacant or derelict urban lands.”

Support for Community Groves℠ grants is provided in part by the US Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program. “Planting fruit and nut trees is an effective urban practice for creating greener and healthier communities,” said Janette Davis, Assistant Director for Urban and Community Forestry at the USDA Forest Service. “Community Groves℠ is a powerful national program that connects urban forestry and community agriculture.”

Community Groves℠ grants will help fund local organizations to plant urban orchards in 12 cities:

Kibi fruit and nut tree planting at school 2014“A Community Groves℠ grant will help us engage students at Skiles Test Elementary to honor the history of their campus, which previously held an apple orchard,” said David Forsell, President of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. “Students will plant 33 new fruit and nut trees at their school. In a few years, these will provide healthy food options for them and for the entire community.”

Community Groves℠ was launched in 2013 after a successful pilot initiative, which brought 2,000 new trees and shrubs to community gardens in 30 cities across the U.S. in partnership with the USDA People’s Garden initiative. The Community Groves℠ Guidebook, available online, offers tools to help nonprofits, community leaders, and residents plan, establish, and maintain their own urban orchards.

Engaging with issues of nutrition, land use, obesity, unequal access to food, and urban neglect, Community Groves℠ is helping to support healthier and more sustainable communities. Learn more about Community Groves℠.

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