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    Fruit Parks for Baltimore

    Chicago Rarities Orchard Project is working to transform Chicago’s unused public spaces into community resources for food, recreation, and a renewed sense of pride and belonging in the neighborhood. They are building their very first orchard with the cooperation of the city and a local land trust organization.

    We salute them and welcome them to this spontaneous national movement.

    The BOP is part of it. In addition to the schools and congregations that comprise most of our planting areas, the BOP has begun conversations with our Rec and Parks folks here in Baltimore to explore creating public access orchards (aka “food forests” or “forest gardens” or “fruit parks”) on public lands. This includes parklands, vacant lots and those in-between spaces that often get overlooked.

    The key to this will be public engagement. We will need your help, and your support. The city will want to know that neighbors and the community are behind this and will use, maintain and harvest such a place. We are sure they will. Similar public fruit parks are cropping up (so to speak) in LA and Seattle, Chicago and Philadelphia. We should have them here in Baltimore, as part of our campaign to attract 10,000 families back to the city and to show the world the growing dynamism and social entrepreneurship that are defining the nature of our city.

    Be in touch with us if you would like to help us with this exciting initiative.

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