I met with the venerable Guy Hager of Parks and People Foundation earlier this week.
He told me that during WWII, Baltimore boasted 20,000 Victory Gardens. We know that through this national effort, millions of people enjoyed greater food security and greater food sovereignty (growing what they wanted, within the capacity of space and climate) than they otherwise would have in a time of insecurity.
Imagine, though, if they had also planted fruit trees. Even if only 2 per yard. We would now have thousands upon thousands of fruit trees (even accounting for those that died and those cut down).
So, if we had, let’s say, 30,000 mature fruit trees, and if one fruit tree can produce between 200 and 500 pounds of fruit, and one serving equals about 1/2 a pound, conservatively, we would have over 21,000,000 servings per year, free for the picking here in Baltimore.
That can feed a lot of people.
And the trees could add charm to many neighborhoods.
So if the best time to plant a tree is yesterday, the second best time to plant a tree is today.
I’ll take second best. Let Baltimore set a fruit tree planting goal. Our children will thank us.
Our planting. Our legacy.