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Orchards and Placemaking

Sometimes it is hard to describe what we at the BOP are doing.
Working with fruit trees in and with neighborhoods we sit at the intersection of food security,  environmental health, building social capital, and economic security…
In our segmented world of discrete disciplines it is hard to easily explain who we are and what we do.
This article on Placemaking makes it easier. It comes about as close to capturing our work as any.
“Placemaking is the art of creating public ‘places of the soul’ that uplift and help us connect to each other,” so says a member of the Project for Public Spaces. That is a good description of the power of our work and our orchards. They are about improving the quality of our lives and not just the quality of our diets.
And while we are not the exclusive elements in the web of placemaking, we sometimes can be a leading edge, and always join as a good partner with others.
Here is an inspiring list of the principles of placemaking.
We are on it!

 

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