Summer Bliss in the Urban Orchard

Having just moved to Seattle from the Midwest in December to join City Fruit, I’ve yet to experience a true Pacific Northwest summer. In fact, many times when I talk to people about how I just moved to Seattle in December, they sort of lament with me a bit over the timing of my move, tell me to pep up, and that soon enough the weather will be so immaculate that  I’ll never want to be inside. If this weekend at the urban orchard  over at Amy Yee Tennis Center was anything like what summers in the PNW will be like, then I’m staying for good.

With the help of over 30 volunteers, we managed to put organic pest barriers on over 2,200 apples. Yes, you read that right. Together, we saved 2,200 apples from possibly being infected by worms, falling to ground, and essentially getting mushed up underneath our shoes. Our incredible volunteers came from various parts of our community — some from Issaquah, Edmunds, Kirkland, various neighborhoods in South Seattle, and even a van load of AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers from all over the country who were returning to Sacramento from the Oso mudslide disaster.

Check out some pictures below and join City Fruit as a volunteer in any capacity that you can this year! You can reach me at: melanie@cityfruit.org.

 

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2 Responses to Summer Bliss in the Urban Orchard

  1. Patrick says:

    That was a good day. Great volunteers + sunshine + free coffee and bagels = a very successful event.
    So far it’s shaping up to be a great fruit year.

  2. Barb Burrill says:

    They were the best group of volunteers! Was it the perfect weather? Or the wild space of the Amy Yee property in the heart of the city? Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and also accomplished so much. It will be fun when many of these same volunteers return to harvest the apples in the fall.

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