News From City Fruit

Here’s great news from our friends at City Fruit.

Happy May Day!

This line is from Annie Dillard’s For the Time Being:   “In his last will and testament, Rabbi Yehudah Hechasid, an … ethicist of the twelfth century, left numbered precepts for sensible and holy living:   #45. Don’t cut down a fruit-bearing tree.”  It’s good to know that for a thousand years, at least, caring for community resources has been considered sensible and holy.

Classes and Events.     Go to our calendar for a complete listing of fruit-related events. Two important ones:

May 6:    Susan Goodwin Jewelry show. Beloved artist and former Seattleite Susan Goodwin will return to Seattle with her jewelry. Those who know her are waiting in line already.  Susan is donating a generous portion of her sales to City Fruit, so we urge you to be good to yourself (and us) and check out the show:  Sunday, May 6, 11 am – 4 pm, Eileen Fisher’s in University Village. (Invitation is attached below.)

May 14:  Urban Forest Symposium.  The 2012 symposium will address the concerns of cities, non-profits and educational groups who steward the urban forest. 9 am – 4 pm at the Center for Urban Horticulture.  Learn more here .

Fruit tree tip of the month:  Don Ricks predicts that the codling moth will begin flying the second week of May.  He’s recommending a new approach (in addition to foot socks)):  synthetic pheromones that disrupt the mating activity of males and reduce reproductive capability (e.g., worms).  Read more here.

Community orchards:  There’s lots going on in the community orchard department. Dozens of stewards are active in nine City parks, most recently plotting fruit trees using GIS.  These data will be used to create digital maps to document each tree in each orchard. Just in time too:  Barb Burrill reported that her stewards have discovered yet another previously buried fruit tree on the Burke-Gilman Trail.  And while we’re on the subject:  thanks to the eight  PopCap Games volunteers who braved strong March rains to spruce up the fruit trees on the Trail

For those who prefer stories to data, Central Area resident and gardener Lori Kane responded to my plea (“I’m hoping we can find a way to document all this work”) by volunteering to spend time helping Seattle orchard stewards tell their stories.  Lori’s day job/title happens to be Community Story Wrangler and her first initiative is an all-photo Tumblr site. It’s great fun.  Register at http://seattleorchardstewards.tumblr.com/  and check out the new orchard at the Rainier Beach Learning Garden.  If you would like to post photos of your community orchard, email Lori at lori@collectiveself.com .

Thanks to a grant from United Way of King County via the RaVE project, we are partnering with community gardens up and down the Rainier Valley.  The Seattle Community Farm (Lettuce Link/Dept of Neighborhoods), the Rainier Beach Learning Garden (Seattle Tilth), the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden,  the S. Brandon & Wilson Ave S. community garden, and the All Saints Episcopal Church garden and Full Life Care garden (both Just Garden projects) will all plant new fruit trees and/or berry bushes. Volunteers to create Spring into Bed gardens/orchards at All Saints and Full Life Care are needed on May 12; email info@cityfruit.org if you’re interested.

ACTrees Grant.  And finally . . . City Fruit, partnering with the Beacon Food Forest, received a grant from the Alliance for Community Trees and the USDA People’s Garden Project to develop the initial orchard component of the food forest.  We’re in the midst of ordering fruit and nut trees and berry bushes and planning a series of community workshops on fruit tree care.

Have a great May and remember — GiveBIG on May 2.

Gail