Master Fruit Tree Steward Program

City Fruit is currently conducting its first cohort of the Master Fruit Tree Steward Program. If you are interesting in participating in next year’s class, please email info@cityfruit.org and we will send you information once available. 


Program Details

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Making Urban Fruit Trees a Priority

Fruit trees remind us of our agricultural past and continue to be an important community resource. To date, City Fruit has harvested more than 50,000 pounds of fruit from residential trees and donated it to those who otherwise couldn’t afford fresh produce. Keeping these urban fruit trees healthy is a priority.

 

Training stewards who will train others in turn

City Fruit’s intensive new program in urban fruit tree care begins July 2014.  Classes and hands-on practicum are guided by experienced instructors. Participants will learn the fundamentals of fruit tree care and assist neighbors and community members in maintaining healthy trees.  With support from the King Conservation District Seattle Community Partnership Program. City Fruit will train lay fruit tree experts who can, in turn, teach their neighbors—an efficient and effective way to improve the health and productivity of urban fruit trees.

In this train-the-trainer program volunteers will participate in workshops, field trips, and mentoring sessions on fruit tree care in exchange for providing hands-on support and mentoring to Seattle residents who live on properties with fruit trees. The 2014 goals include designing the curriculum, producing videos and slide shows, training an initial cohort of volunteer stewards, and creating a business model that is replicable and self-supporting.

About the Training

  • What:  Eight 6-hour, field-based workshops on urban fruit tree care.
  • When: One Saturday each month, 10 am – 4:30 pm. Classes will be July 2014 – March 2015, except December.
    • 2014 dates: July 19, August 16, September 13, October 11, November 15
    • 2015 dates: January 10, February 7, March 7
  • Where:  City Fruit headquarters in El Centro de la Raza, in south Seattle, and in orchards throughout Seattle.
  • Who:  If you love fruit, food justice, or joining a group of people who care about both, apply! We’re seeking people willing to commit  time and energy to learning about urban fruit tree care and to sharing this knowledge with others. No prior experience required.
  • Cost: $150 deposit. This will be returned after you complete the program and fulfill your volunteer commitment to coach others on  fruit tree care.
  • Sponsors: City Fruit, a Seattle nonprofit, with support from the King Conservation District

 

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