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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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Inspiring Sojourners

  The Boston Tree Party is planting couples of heirloom apple trees in civic spaces around Beantown. This is a most inspiring cousin program to our tree-planting here in Baltimore. (check out their wonderful video) The Baltimore Orchard Project is launching our own Two-by-Two planting program this spring, designed to...
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When is Taking Not Stealing

One question that tends to come up when I speak about public orchards is: What if people steal the fruit? That is, what if people take the fruit from trees in parks, on congregational or school yards or neighborhood lots? My answer is it depends on whom you think the...
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Buddha’s teaching

In his classic work, Small is Beautiful: economics as if people mattered, E.F. Schumacher teaches the following: “Every follower of the Buddha ought to plant a tree every few years and look after it until it is safely established.” (p.63) One needn’t be a Buddhist to heed this advice. We...
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Fruit Tree Inventory Launched with Towson U students

This morning, Anne Fleshman and I met with students from Prof. Natalia Fath’s Environmental Geography class at Towson University. With the help of these students, we are launching our fruit tree inventory program. Under Anne’s guidance, the students will research the natural history of local neighborhoods, speak with homeowners and...
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A Place for Your Questions

The University of Maryland Extension Service hosts a site for your questions: the Home and Garden Information Center. There is even a place for you to post your photos in case you want help identifying a tree, a bug, a location, anything you see. If you ever wanted someone to...
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Tools for Planting

CGRN, the Community Greening Resource Network at the Parks and People Foundation, operates five local garden tool banks.  This past Sunday, they held a drive to collect more tools, so they can lend more tools. If you need tools to help you plant or manage your fruit trees or berry...
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Bees in Danger

Our nation’s honey bees are in distress.  With Colony Collapse Disorder, parasites and changing habitats, things are not going well for the bees. The loss has been precipitous. Thirty percent a year each year since 2006. And if our bees are in distress, so are we. Without bees, our trees...
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