Trees Forever Fruit Tree Initiative Benefits Local Residents

Marion, IA (September 9, 2013) – Starting in 2012, Trees Forever has worked with urban gardens throughout the Cedar Rapids metro area to plant fruit and nut trees. This is in response to the growing interest in eating healthier, more sustainable foods. Produce from these trees will stay within the community to benefit local residents.

To take care of these new fruit and nut trees, in August Trees Forever, kicked off a new Fruit TreeKeepers program to educate residents and prepare volunteers to be knowledgeable about caring for these trees. Their first trainings are in September 2013.

“This is an exciting opportunity for volunteers to learn about the latest growth area in sustainable foods,” said Heath Hupke, Special Projects Coordinator for Trees Forever. “As the interest in fruit and nut trees heightens, more people are needed with knowledge about the special care these trees require.”

Watch the video Trees Forever put together with funding from a Neighborwoods mini-grant about their People’s Garden project to plant fruit and nut trees in urban areas within Cedar Rapids metro area: