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Grand Objects in Nature

In River Horse, William Least Heat-Moon’s chronicle of his journey across America in a small boat, I came across the following quote by Washington Irving: “I  think it an invaluable advantage to be born and brought up in the neighborhood of some grand and noble object in nature:  a river, ...
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Great Day Today

We had a wonderful Earth Day event at the beautiful Rawlings Conservatory today, part of the greater Baltimore Green Week extravaganza. The program, the place, the people, the staff, the message, the food, the trees. Everything was great. Thanks and deep appreciation to all who made it happen: especially Anne...
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The Spread of Gleaning

Our friend and Advisory Board member, Marla Emery, brought this story about the growing popularity of gleaning to our attention. There is a concept in Judaism called bal tashkhit, translated as: you shall not wantonly destroy; or you shall not waste.  It is based on a law about ethical war-making...
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Nuts and Bolts of Fruit and Nut Trees

The Alliance for Community Trees is hosting a webinar this Thursday April 19 on the Nuts and Bolts of Fruit and Nut Trees. It promises to cover practical as well as policy issues related to integrating fruit and nut trees in urban design. The urban orchard bandwagon is growing and...
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Beecher City Orchard

Check out this story about a 200-tree orchard in Beecher, MI Baltimore is part this nation-wide movement of cities spawning orchards! On contiguous land or throughout neighborhoods, trees are being planted one-by-one (check out the cocktail tree) two-by-two, three-by-three, 200 or more. Now it a good time to choose your...
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Berries and Fruit Trees

When we think orchards, we should think of shared spaces, imagining what else we can plant alongside our fruit trees to enhance, and enchant, our local outdoor spaces. You know we love fruit trees. Fruit trees anchor our living spaces. They are echoes of Eden, offering us a vision of...
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Creating a Shift in Culture

I have the privilege of being a writer for the (Chesapeake) Bay Journal News Service. My most recent piece spoke of the value and vision of a Baltimore flush with fruit trees. A city in an orchard. The food security it provides and the visual, economic, environmental, and social benefits...
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