The Summit-University Planning Council is in the running to win a community orchard for the empty lot/burgeoning community garden at Victoria & Concordia Avenues.
The proposed orchard site is a previously vacant lot that is being developed into a community green space. A community orchard will serve as a community asset and gathering place, helping neighbors and other community members build stronger relationships with one another, grow healthy food and beautify the community. It will enhance the green space currently being developed, providing a strong focal point for the neighborhood. It will also help to foster interest in community gardening, as well as education on nutrition and local food production.
Voting starts Friday, April 15th at www.communitiestakeroot.com. Anyone and everyone can vote once per day –so “vote early and often!” Please pass the word along to your networks!
Communities Take Root: Program Overview/Facts
• Communities Take Root is a program created by Edy’s Fruit Bars that helps
the brand give back by providing fruit orchards in deserving communities
across the U.S. Our hope is to not only beautify these neighborhoods, but to
encourage healthy eating and build strong community relationships.
• Edy’s Fruit Bars has partnered with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, an
international nonprofit organization dedicated to planting fruitful trees and
plants in places that best benefit communities across the world. Their hope is
to help alleviate world hunger and global warming, while strengthening
communities and improving surrounding air, water and soil. The Fruit Tree
Planting Foundation will be responsible for sourcing the plants and trees, and
helping to plant the winning orchards.
• People of all ages are invited to cast one vote per day from April 15 through
August 31st by visiting www.CommunitiesTakeRoot.com.
• The 20 locations with the most votes will win a fruit orchard provided by
Edy’s Fruit Bars and planted by the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. From June
through September, we will announce 5 winners every 1st of the month.
• 120 organizations are participating in Communities Take Root this year,
including city parks, community gardens, educational centers, YMCA’s, local
food banks, and other deserving establishments.
• 2011 is the second year of the Communities Take Root program. Edy’s Fruit
Bars has already planted 25 orchards in communities across the US, and will
award 20 more as part of this year’s campaign.