Thanks to a generous grant from TD Bank through the Arbor Day Foundation, we installed our 5th community orchard. Installed Oct 22nd, this orchard in the Southside community of Livingston, Erskine and Walton will be a welcome addition to an already amazing neighborhood. Made up of 15 Apples and 3 Pawpaw's this orchard will pack a punch next summer as the trees are already mature enough to bear fruit.
Volunteers groups have spent the last two weeks planting native pollinator beds to attract a wide variety of critters to make this a beautiful and productive orchard.
Fun fact: Pawpaw trees are the only habitat for the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly.
BIG thanks go out to all of the volunteer groups who have worked so to pull this orchard together. Thanks to: TD Bank, Virginia Tech, Carolina Day and Congregation Beth Israel for all of their hard work. As former GWorks Executive Director Susan Roderick would say "Projects are like pot-lucks, everyone brings something good to the table".
Without our sponsors this orchard like so many great ideas would simply be a dream. Thanks to TD Bank for the funding, to our partners Asheville Parks & Recreation Dept for digging the tree holes and hauling away excess dirt. Parks & Rec has been a partner with the Food Tree Project since the very beginning by donating their time and equipment to build not only this orchard but Hillcrest and Deaverview Orchards as well.
To Tom Mainolfi owner of Carolina Native Landscapes for another amazing design. Brad Martin owner of Southeastern Native Nursery for securing the trees and donating all of the native pollinator plants. and especially to the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville for partnering for each of these orchard locations and many many other services that they do to help us make these projects happen.
Food Tree Project