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TreesNY launches urban orchard program

For three decades, nonprofit TreesNY has been planting, pruning, and protecting urban forests, and training New Yorkers in forestry and stewardship. Its many programs and workshops have made our city greener and our streets more shady. But its newest project is one dear to our hearts.

May we present FruiTrees New York, an ambitious (delicious) plan to cultivate 65 new fruit trees across the five boroughs. With help from ACTrees, the USDA People’s Garden and the City Gardens Club of New York, TreesNY will cultivate urban orchards, and work with neighborhood gardeners to “develop a harvest and fruit distribution plan.” New Yorkers will be able to snack on fruits as diverse as apple, cherry, plum, aprium, paw paw and serviceberry. The program kicked off this month when volunteers planted four plum trees East Harlem – check out the videos on their website!

“The objective of the FruiTrees New York initiative is to establish urban orchards throughout New York City as we use the fruit trees as a vehicle to promote environmental awareness, education and food literacy,” says Nelson Villarrubia, Deputy Director of TreesNY (via PR Newswire).

Throughout the spring and fall, look for trees popping up in schools, community gardens and other public sites across the city. If you’d like to request a free fruit tree in your neighborhood, fill out their form!

- CL

Photo courtesy of TreesNY.org

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