September 17, 2009
Think globally, eat locally. A ready supply of fruit is more than just healthy. Community orchards may be part of the solution to helping reduce our footprint in several ways. For starters, having locally grown food nearby supports the immediate economy, saves a drive to the store, and less fossil fuel is burned. Combine community gardens with homeowners in low-income neighborhoods and you have a community-building, social-network-building, crime-fighting unit on your hands.
Community Orchards Resource List
Ashley Atkinson, Program Director, The Greening of Detroit (Detroit, MI)
A five-year collaborative of The Greening of Detroit, Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Earth Works Garden Program, O.W. Holmes Elementary School, and the Detroit Agricultural Network has developed an extraordinary public park around a centerpiece 5 acre farm and fruit orchard. Along with new programming, the Urban Farm at Romanowski Park in Southwest Detroit provides increased access to food and promotes nutritional awareness among residents of the neighborhood by creating a mixed-use community farm surrounded by athletic fields and playgrounds.
Dave Jacke, Dynamics Ecological Design (Greenfield, MA)
Dave Jacke works with design professionals to explore permaculture’s answers to the question of how we can move to an environment of more sustainable energy and resource use. Through a review of core principles and case studies, he helps clients to burrow into soil ecology and self renewing fertility and explore ways to optimize establishment, minimize maintenance by design, and mimic ecosystem structure and function in our landscapes so we can gain the benefits that natural systems demonstrate such as: stability, resilience, self-maintenance, self-renewal, increased soil quality, nutrient conservation, and more.
Webcast attendees will learn:
* Gaining buy-in and tapping volunteers (and trees).
* Finding space, funders, and other partners.
* On-going maintenance.
* Educational programs.
* How fruit trees differ from street trees and how to manage/site them properly.
* Fruit tree diseases/pests and the cultural means to health and productivity.
* Nature of grafted trees and their planting/care.
About the Third Thursday Webcast Series
The Third Thursday Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast series held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. 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.
CEU Approved: 1 Hour
CFE Category 2 Approved: 1 Hour