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Growing Edible Infrastructure – Planting Parties and Mini Workshops! (Sept. 26)
September 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
You are invited to participate in establishing mini food forests in neighbourhood parks and community garden locations!
GreenUp and Nourish, with support from the Community Fruit Group, are hosting four fruit planting and skill sharing events. We invite you to join us!
– Learn about fruit tree care
– Help plant trees and berry bushes
– Volunteer to help tend the mini food forests
– Join our growing group of community members dedicated to fruit projects and learn about how food forests are good for all!
At each location we will be planting five fruit trees (mostly apple varieties), berry bushes, kiwi vines and an assortment of perennials.
We’d love your help!
If you are interested in volunteering please register here:
We also encourage people to simply stroll by and say hello.
Planting will take place rain or shine. If there is thunder and lightning, we will reschedule.
Monday Sept 19th, 5:30 – 7:00 PM: St. Luke’s Community Garden
Address: 566 Armour Rd., Peterborough
Mini workshop: Young Fruit Tree Care
Tuesday Sept 20th, 3:45 – 5:45 PM: Keith Wightman Park
Address: 845 Chamberlain St., Peterborough
Mini workshop: Young Fruit Tree Care
Light snacks provided
Monday Sept. 26, 4-6 PM: Ptbo/Nogo Urban Farm
Address: 463 Highland Rd., Peterborough
Mini workshop: Pruning Basics
Note: only planting trees at this location
Tuesday Sept. 27, 4:30-6:30 PM: Reid/McDonnel Park
Address: Along the Trans Canada Trail behind Total Physiotherapy & Sports
Mini workshop: Preserving Fruit
Light Picnic dinner provided
GreenUP is a proud partner of the Arbor Day Foundation. This project is made possible by partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation and TD Bank.
Through the pandemic GreenUP and Nourish have been collaborating on a number of Growing Together While Apart projects where residents gathered virtually to share tips on growing food in small spaces (i.e.microgreens and container gardens), and explore opportunities to plant fruit in public + quasi public spaces. Through the pandemic, the important role access to quality public space plays in our health, and wellbeing was made clear. Through the Growing Edible Infrastructure project, we are able to plant fruit trees and berry bushes (which is always a good thing), and hope to build community through inviting people to participate in public spaces in new and nurturing ways.
GreenUP received a Green Space Grant from TD Bank Group (TD) and the Arbor Day Foundation to support innovative urban greening and tree planting projects. Peterborough is one of just 20 U.S. and Canadian cities selected to receive this grant in 2022.
Through this project, GreenUP and Nourish will work with neighbourhood residents to establish five neighbourhood based mini- food forests and continue to support community capacity to learn about and care for fruit within urban spaces.
Food forests are interactive spaces. Trees and shrubs respond to care such as watering, feeding, pruning and picking. Along with establishing five mini food forests, the project has supported a group of dedicated volunteers in becoming certified in Beginner Fruit Tree Care. Using a train-the-trainer model, this team of trained volunteers and organization staff will share their knowledge and expertise with others who sign up to help care for the mini food forests in each neighbourhood.
Nourish is all about food. Nourish is a collaborative partnership between GreenUP, YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, and Peterborough Public Health. Nourish cultivates health, builds community, and promotes fairness through innovative programs dedicated to eating, cooking, growing, and advocating for good food....