We work to grow, glean and give away urban fruit, neighbor to neighbor, to those who need, and create a patch of Eden in every neighborhood.
A friend of mine lives in a food desert, a place with little access to fresh, affordable, healthy food.
One day she called me to ask if I could help. Where, she asked, could she get lots of fresh fruit? The problem was that every day, the children in her neighborhood would knock on her door asking for fresh fruit. She and her husband had begun stockpiling fresh fruit on their forays to the distant food store to be sure they have something to give the children when they came around seeking fruit. But this was getting expensive!
As it turned out, we were harvesting a humungous pear tree that coming week. "Yes," I replied. "I know exactly where you can get more fruit."
So she came to the harvest with several chlidren from her neighborhood. Excited about their first time harvesting, they helped us pick over 135 pounds of pears. And they took home three heaping bagfuls which would last them for weeks to come.
But there was more. Their neighborhood has a park which they are fixing up. Wouldn't it be great, they decided, if they could plant fruit trees in their own park so that year after year, the children and residents of their neighborhood could have fresh fruit for the picking all season long?
With the help of the Baltimore Orchard Project, we not only were able to give them fresh fruit from elsewhere in the city, but we have given them four fruit trees that, with a bit of luck and lots of care, will eventually bring forth bounties of fruit, free for the picking. (One mature fruit tree can produce 800+ pounds of fruit!)
Your contributions will enable us to harvest more urban fruit, give it to those in need, and provide neighborhoods, congregations, schools and civic organizations with training, knowledge and trees to create orchards of their own.