Our Artist-in-Residence, Kelley, taught our Orchard Stewards about bringing art into their orchards. Art is worthy in itself, and also provides practical benefits for orchards. Pom Poms not only provide material for birds and show which trees are fruit trees, they also represent community with one thread tying multiple threads together. Rock Guardians provide barriers for tree trunks and get people thinking about what protects their community and their orchards. You can see Kelley’s lesson plan for Rock Guardians here, and her zine, “Art in the Orchard”, describes more art projects for community orchards.
On Saturday, Kelley shared her lesson on Rock Guardians. Stewards designed their rocks and painted them with symbols of protection. They took their rocks and ideas back to their orchard. In the design and painting process, Stewards had a chance to converse–talk about what is motivating them in this season, their shared issues and successes, and collaborated on different food-related projects.
Community Art is vital to orcharding in our communities. Art has the ability to make orcharding accessible, that much more beautiful, and collaborative.
If you’d like more information on art in the orchard or Kelley’s zine, please contact Kelley at email@example.com.
We also established the Orchard Tool Library with the Baltimore Community ToolBank. Thanks to our collaboration with Noah and Rachel at the ToolBank, certified Orchard Stewards can rent out specific orcharding tools (Felco shears, orchard ladders, and more) for their work days.