Category — Fruit
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson (left) and Solefood’s Michael Ableman (right) plant a fruit tree, on July 7, as they open an urban orchard on a vacant Vancouver lot at Main & Terminal. Photograph by: Ward Perrin, PNG.
More than 400 trees have been planted to bring new life to vacant Vancouver lot
By Zoe Mcknight
July 7, 2013
VANCOUVER, BC — A forgotten brownfield at the corner of urban and industrial is not the place you’d expect to find lemon, fig and persimmon trees bearing fruit.
But in three to five years, over 400 trees planted on a vacant lot at Main Street and Terminal Avenue should do just that in what the City of Vancouver is calling the largest urban orchard in North America.
The orchard is run by Solefood co-founder Michael Ableman, who with partner Seann Dory already grows produce on nearly five acres scattered across downtown Vancouver.
July 8, 2013 Comments Off
Over 5,000 examples of cherry, pear and apple trees, not to mention olives (4,442), plums (1,424) and almonds (343)
By Henry Grabar
The Atlantic Cities
June 28, 2013
Last summer, Ethan Welty stopped buying fruit. He didn’t need to pay for it anymore: he could pick nearly everything he needed from the trees on the streets of Boulder, Colorado.
At first, he scanned the canopy for apples to use in his home-brewed beer. But there was more. Hanging in the sidewalk foliage were peaches, apricots, walnuts, mulberries and plums. And so Welty, a PhD student researching glacier movement, began to map the urban orchard.
July 6, 2013 Comments Off
William Kerrigan is the Cole Professor of American History at Muskingum University, and the author of Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard, which tells the story of the old world apple in America
By William Kerrigan
June 15, 2013
The problem with Ms. Anzelone’s argument that urban orchards and food forests are “monocultures” is that it doesn’t much resemble reality, and she could learn a great deal by visiting these sites and speaking with their volunteers. Organizations like the Philadelphia Orchard Project aren’t exactly planting acres of “monoculture.” These modest-sized orchards typically incorporate a variety of fruit and nut trees and berry bushes, with each variety blossoming at different times, thereby offering pollinators an extended feeding period. The Boston Tree Party’s “urban, decentralized orchard” is really just pairs of apple trees dispersed throughout the city. Seattle’s new Beacon Food Forest, currently just 1.5 acres with aspirations to grow to a total of 7 acres, explodes with edible plant diversity. In fact, most urban orchards contain gardens of other flowering plants as well.
June 19, 2013 Comments Off
Mariellé Anzelone, an urban conservation biologist, is the executive director of NYC Wildflower Week.
By Marielle Anzelone
New York Times
June 14, 2013
Rooftop vegetable gardens were one thing, but the urban agricultural movement has gone a step too far. A new brand of activists want to incorporate fruit trees into the fabric of city life by turning our limited green space into woody groves filled with apples, cherries and plums. One group, the Guerrilla Grafters, has gone so far as to graft the branches of fruit trees onto street-side ornamental trees in San Francisco.
At first blush these campaigns appear well intentioned. The groups are planting trees in underserved neighborhoods to provide access to healthy foods. What could be wrong with that? Don’t misunderstand me, I like fruit as much as the next person. It’s not the orchards themselves that irk me — it’s the shortsightedness they represent.
June 19, 2013 Comments Off
Urban Fruit for Urban Communities
By The London Orchard Project
This map gives a historical overview of the extent of orchards in London in the 1890s – with a noticeable concentration of orchards in South-West London. It shows the importance of orchards to feed the capital in late Victorian times.
June 9, 2013 Comments Off
Nonprofit organization hopes more food production will help provide longer-term work for employees
By Yolande Cole
March 28, 2013
In May, the social enterprise plans to expand with a one-acre urban orchard located on a city-owned site at Main Street and Terminal Avenue.
Michael Ableman, cofounder of Solefood, said the orchard will feature nearly 1,000 trees, bearing fruit such as quince, persimmon, Meyer lemons, pears, and plums.
“I think this is exciting, because it’s breaking new ground, if you will,” Ableman told the Georgia Straight by phone from his home on Salt Spring Island. “Relative to anything else in the city, it’s pretty significant, and I think that if we can prove it as a potential system, we could see these types of trees lining the boulevards of all our streets and changing the atmosphere of our cities.”
March 29, 2013 Comments Off
Our garden has 4 kinds of fruit trees; apple, pear, peach and cherry.
By Dan O’leary
Coordinatinor Princess Park Children’s Play Garden
March 3, 2013
Its the first week of March and the time to prune fruit trees is now.
Pruning means to cut away unwanted branches. Pruning devices are used to make the cuts. They are like oversized scissors and are called secateurs. Pruning is done to control shape of the tree, remove diseased areas and take off branches that touch so fruit production is maximized.
Our garden has 4 kinds of fruit trees; apple, pear, peach and cherry.
March 4, 2013 Comments Off
“I stand in front of one of our mango trees which has at least 300 beautiful Bowen mangoes on it. This year has been a great season for mangoes in our sub tropical climate of Brisbane.”
Cityfood Growers is located in Samford, Queensland, Australia
Cityfood Growers Blog post
Jan 4, 2013
You can extend the cropping season of your mango trees by choosing early, mid and late cropping varieties (cultivars). In addition, you can also choose cultivars that are more dwarf in size as the mango trees can grow quite large, up to 15m high) if not pruned. In our Gardener subscriber site, you can find a large number of mango cultivars grouped into cropping, dwarf and heritage and sorted based on your local climate profile. The cultivar we grow at our place in Brisbane is Kensington Pride which is a very common Bowen mango variety for Australia.
January 27, 2013 Comments Off
An L.A. County public park is now home to a community orchard located at 12601 South Isis Avenue in the unincorporated community north of El Segundo. Photo by The Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Grand Opening On Saturday, January 5, 2013 At Del Aire Park
Dec 26, 2012
The trees were planted with the support of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program and the guidance of Fallen Fruit, an artists’ collaborative founded by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young, whose mission is to unite communities through the creation of sustainable public art projects. Del Aire residents planted 27 fruit trees, eight grape vines, more than 60 trees were given away to neighbors. Once the trees bear fruit, all park visitors will be encouraged to pick from the new edible landscape at harvest time. Within three years, the trees are expected to be completely sustainable and drought tolerant.
January 3, 2013 2 Comments
EYA is offering a 5-month, high quality Organic Orchard Management Training course
2 Saturdays per month, from February to June, 2013
$100 ($75 for youth under 25)
A 5-month program designed for urban agriculture enthusiast looking to add organic perennial food production to their skill set. In-class, theoretical workshops will be complimented by hand-on skill building at Copely Community Orchard.
December 21, 2012 Comments Off
Documentary is based on Montrealer Adam Gollner’s book
By T’cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette Film Critic
November 23, 2012
“I had (Gollner’s book) with me on my travels on the festival circuit for Up the Yangtze,” Chang said. “I went to Brazil and Tel Aviv, and places with different kinds of fruit, and I used the book as a guide to find them. I felt like I was on an adventure.”
Chang’s film brought him to Hawaii, Bali, Borneo and the Amazon in pursuit of rare fruits, the stories behind them and the people fighting to preserve them. Like Richard Campbell and Noris Ledesma, curators at Florida’s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Or Isabella Dalla Ragione, an Italian agronomist who traces the background of fig varieties through Renaissance paintings.
November 23, 2012 Comments Off
He’s legend now, but Johnny Appleseed was as odd as his myth.
By Kee Malesky
Oct 20, 2012
He was first noticed by history in 1801 when he arrived on horseback at the farm of John Stedden in Licking Creek, Ohio. Stedden thought Chapman was rather eccentric, but he listened to the man’s plans to head west and plant apple seeds along the way for future settlers.
October 21, 2012 Comments Off
All of the fruit trees on the public boulevards of Vancouver are now mapped. Link here. Vancouver plans to capitalize on nature with a new plan for 150,000 food-bearing trees.
All-You-Can-Eat Food Forests: Coming to a City Near You
By Megan Bedard
Oct. 8, 2012
Consider it a modern take on the legendary tale of Johnny Appleseed. Vancouver, B.C., has announced plans to plant 150,000 fruit and nut trees on city streets, in parks, and on city-owned lands in the next eight years, reports the Vancouver Sun.
At the moment, the city has about 600 fruit and nut trees on city streets, and another 425 can be found in the city’s parks, community gardens, and pocket orchards.
“Street trees play an important role in helping Vancouver adapt to climate change, manage stormwater run-off, support biodiversity, and even provide food,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a statement to the city’s council last week.
October 20, 2012 1 Comment
Free Fruit in Public Spaces
By Help Yourself! a group of volunteers in Northampton, Massachusetts
Project Goals for Fall 2012 – Spring 2013
Transform much of downtown Northampton’s empty spaces into common places, where fruit trees, perennial polycultures, and public veggie, flower, culinary and medicinal herb beds are the norm!
Bike Path Connector – community vineyard, fruit trees, raised beds
For our pilot project, we picked the 700 foot long Bike Path Connector of the Manhan Rail Trail. It connects Conz St to Pleasant St, and is the backyard of 2 large apartment buildings.
October 5, 2012 Comments Off
Fruit trees lining the streets of Vancouver mapped thanks to open data. See FoodTree here.
FoodTree has created an online map of the more than 600 fruit and nut trees already planted on streets and boulevards across Vancouver.
By Randy Shore
July 7, 2012
The city’s urban fruit orchard is poised to expand steadily over the next eight years with new plantings planned for city parks.
The city has created new orchards in three city parks in just the past couple of years — Falaise, Gaston and Slocan — with the Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute and a handful of neighbourhood partners. Its goal is to create at least seven more orchards by 2020 as part of the Greenest City Action Plan.
Other pocket orchards include a stand of 36 native crabapple trees in Fraser River Park, 13 fruit and nut trees in Douglas Park and 50 fruit trees at New Brighton Park, although many of those have perished.
July 11, 2012 Comments Off