MLK Day of Service

Urban-Orchard

Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”

Realizing the importance of serving others, City Fruit coordinated over fifteen new volunteers at the Amy Lee Tennis Center. What ensued was a beautiful gathering of people who had no idea the Amy Yee Tennis Center is actually much more than a tennis center. It is an urban orchard with over 30 fruit bearing trees that, for better or worse, have not been taken care of over the years.

In just four hours, volunteers cleared out 20 tarp loads of invasive plants that had stymied the growth of fruit throughout the years. Although we can’t yet measure our success in pounds of fruit donated, the work is critical to the productivity of the various fruit trees at Amy Yee. With more work parties planned for the future, it is hopeful these trees will produce more bountiful fruit to provide to Seattle’s food insecure.

-Report from our Volunteer Coordinator, Melanie Peters. Originally posted on the Rotary First Harvest blog.