Posts Tagged ‘stewardship’

May04

Teens for Trees

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A student shares her ideas with the group!

On a sunny day in Wallingford, Meridian Park is buzzing with frisbees, dogs, and people enjoying the gardens and open spaces. It’s easy to miss that many of the trees supplying the shade are edible fruit trees! On Wednesdays, a group of students from the Boys and Girls Club of Wallingford wander over to learn about what it means to be a steward and how to preserve and protect the trees in their neighborhood. A community grant has made it possible for City Fruit to teach our first youth program focused on tree stewardship – our goal is to inspire hands-on learning that will enable students to become the empowered environmental decision makers of tomorrow. This small group of motivated students has started to learn about the importance of the urban canopy and the role trees play in the local ecosystem. On Earth Day, they made observations and held an open discussion about the ways trees influence our climate and protect our planet. As a group, the students identified the many tree-based products in our daily lives and how native peoples have used raw tree products for food, medicine, tools, clothing and more! Students are developing their stewardship, leadership and advocacy skills to bring back to their community and local trees. Various other local student groups have also volunteered with City Fruit to plant trees, clear weeds, and help assess the impact of fruit trees on public lands in Seattle.

Climate change has increased the urgency for environmental action on a global scale. It is increasingly important for the human species to preserve the shrinking global forests in order to continue to survive. Our youth are the conservation leaders of the future. Studies have shown, environmental education engages students in learning, raising test scores, and encouraging youth to pursue careers in environmental and natural resources.

This class was made possible by the Alliance for Community Trees and CSX.

 

We’d love to get you engaged in the City Fruit family! Check out upcoming events, become anambassador to manage the fruit trees in your neighborhood and get your community involved, sign up to volunteer, or become a member to support City Fruit monthly or annually.

Dec08

A Summary of a Successful 2014

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2014 was a record breaking year for City Fruit. In total we harvested over 27,948 pounds of fruit and donated 22,056 pounds to Seattle’s emergency food system. Thanks to 53 work parties and over 1,357 volunteer hours, 5,892 pounds came from 12 public orchards which City Fruit stewards. City Fruit also hosted 25 residential harvests; building a community of 80 volunteers around the stewardship and caring for both the fruit trees and our neighbors in Seattle. Along with our record breaking harvests and time committed to tree care, City Fruit developed a City Fruit Ambassador Program in which 13 members of our community trained to become year-round supporters of City Fruit in ways that align with their skills and passions. Through this training and lessons learned throughout 2014, we are building our capacity in hopes to make 2015 as successful of year this one turned out to be!

I’ll be celebrating our 2014 achievements through the end of the year on Twitter. Check out our City Fruit account here and my tweets signed with LJ.

Luke Jesperson is the harvest coordinator at City Fruit.

Jan30

Announcing our new Master Fruit Tree Steward Program

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.

MasterFruitTreeStewardProgram_01In 2014 City Fruit will launch a new Master Fruit Tree Steward Program with support from the King Conservation District 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 productively 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.

Workshops will run from July – Dec 2014. Anyone interested in joining the project to become a Master Fruit Tree Steward should contact [email protected]  by May 15.