April 19, 2012
1:00 – 2:00pm EDT
Community orchards have a vital role to play in sustainable city development. With rising energy and food costs, the need for urban populations to have easy access to fresh, nutritious food is increasing. Local non-profits looking to green their communities can address this need by investing resources into planting fruit and nut trees. A simple fruit tree adds multifaceted value to a community, by stimulating community engagement, safety, and economic vitality while providing nutritional and environmental benefits to the community at large.
Jim Woodworth, Director of Tree Planting, Casey Trees (Washington, DC)
Casey Trees facilitates many tree planting programs to engage Washington, DC residents in greening their communities. Within the nation’s capital, Casey Trees works with community leaders to draft and pass relevant policies, educates land use professionals about sustainable construction practices, and uses the latest mapping technology to maintain current databases of the District’s trees. Jim Woodworth has overseen tree planting programs and operations and has trained Citizen Forester volunteers at Casey Trees for nearly a decade.
Joshua Singer, Co-Director, Friends of Wangari Gardens (Washington, DC)
Josh Singer is a founding member of Friends of Wangari Gardens, a new project focused on planting free urban fruit orchards. His work revolves around creating fruit orchards in the city that can be accessed, harvested, and maintained by the community members as a sustainable means for organic fruit at little to no financial cost to local residents. He is also an Urban Forester at Casey Trees and organized that organization’s urban fruit tree program for local schools and community groups.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Horticultural considerations for fruit trees
* Selecting fruit trees for urban areas
* Proper maintenance, timing, and stewardship
* Differences between fruit trees and shade trees
* Integrating fruit trees into a community planting program
About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast series 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.
CEU Approved: 0 Hour
CFE Category 2 Approved: 0 Hour