Well, the inaugural BOP harvest has come and gone. And it was a great success.
Fifty volunteers worked at seven harvest gatherings and picked a total of 1800 pounds of fruit!
Thanks go to all who came out on hot days and lovely days and worked so hard to gather the fruits.
We gave that fruit to such places as the Franciscan Center, Hannah Moore Shelter, The Church of the Guardian Angel, Umar, Marian House, Irvington Peace Park, Jonah House, Baltimore Free Farm and Green Street Academy.
According to our calculations, our good work provided servings of healthy, local fruit for over 3,000 people.
This month, we will distribute 92 fruit trees, with the generous assistance of TreeBaltimore, which will be planted at schools and congregations throughout the City.
But this is just the beginning. Next year, with more trees located and more volunteers to pick, we will be able to harvest and distribute even more fruit. And plant even more trees.
So please keep us in mind over the next few months. Let us know if someone has a fruit tree we can harvest. Let us know if there is a place that might be able to plant fruit trees.
For we believe that urban fruit trees can do so many wonderful things for neighborhoods:
- provide fresh fruit for all
- create charming open spaces for neighborhood gatherings
- anchor civic organizations that come together to care for the land, the trees, the fruit and each other
- contribute to a healthier, friendlier, more resilient neighborhood – a place we would all want to call our home
- and help us re-imagine how cities and nature can live not side-by-side but embedded in and supportive of one another