Saturday, April 11, 2009

Planting Trees

Planting trees as a community is an idea that is taking off around the world. From the work of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai and her Green Belt Movement in Kenya, to American Forests, to much smaller projects, like Trees for Tribs in the Hudson Valley.
These projects focus on trees for shade, for fuel, for beautification, and for creating oxygen and preventing soil erosion. There are also a lot of groups focused on trees that provide food to communities. In many places, fruit from trees is not used, while members of that same community go hungry. Groups like Fallen Fruit and Iskash*taa work to bring people's attention to the food readily available where they live, and access to it. Mulberries and black walnuts are two commonly occurring local trees producing wonderful free food which is rarely harvested.
I'd add "food" to this list!

There are many fruit and nut trees that grow well in the Beacon area: plums, apples, pears, cherries, mulberries, black walnuts, and more. wintergreens hopes to partner with the City of Beacon to plant some food-producing trees on public land. Maybe delicious pawpaws!

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