February 20, 2014
In response to the growing need for access to fresh and nutritious food in cities, community organizations are training residents to grow and maintain their own fruit and nut trees. To help urban greening professionals improve the health and livability of neighborhoods by planting and caring for fruit and nut trees, Alliance for Community Trees launched the Community Groves℠ program in 2013. Community Groves℠ resources and best practices enable local organizations to address issues of nutrition, land use, and food access through tree planting and care. Fruit and nut trees can be your next step towards healthier, more sustainable, and more secure communities.
Community Groves℠ Guidebook
Community Groves℠ Case Studies
Community Orchards Resource List
ACTrees People’s Garden Grants Resource List
2014 Community Groves℠ Grants Application
Matthew Erb, Director of Urban Forestry, Tree Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
Tree Pittsburgh participated in the Community Groves℠ pilot grant program to plant edible species in several Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Several years later, the organization has established a partnership with Grow Pittsburgh to develop quality instruction and programming for residents around community gardening and general fruit and nut tree care.
Leland Milstein, Program Director, Alliance for Community Trees (Washington, DC)
In 2013 ACTrees launched the Community Groves℠ program to improve the health and livability of neighborhoods by planting and caring for fruit and nut trees. Community Groves℠ includes case studies, a guidebook, and grants to guide the successful establishment of fruit and nut trees in cities nationwide.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Findings from research on urban forestry and community agriculture
* Incorporating fruit and nut trees into your existing tree activities
* Fostering partnerships to establish your local Community Groves℠
* Creating long-term plans for maintenance and community investment
* Funding through 2014 Community Groves℠ grants
About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast held at the lunch hour. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.
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