Fighting Poverty with Passion
The New Orleans Fruit Tree Project is off to a great start! It’s such a simple concept- people with fruit trees on their property that they don’t instead to harvest call us, we schedule a harvest date with a group of volunteers and then deliver the produce to Second Harvest Food Bank. The tree owners and volunteers keep a small portion but the majority reaches those who need it most. I got the idea for this project from The Portland Fruit Tree Project who harvested over 29,000 pounds of food from resident’s backyards in 2010. This program has the potential to do a lot of good in New Orleans. So far I’ve had six trees registered, 15 volunteers interested in helping out and a slew of other organizations taking notice. And the Times-Picyune called yesterday about potentially running a story! This is a great opportunity for Hollygrove Market & Farm to start getting out in the city and reaching out into communities it normally fails to reach. I’m really excited to start planning the Harvest Training Sessions for the first group of volunteers. I think it’s in the best interest of everyone if volunteers are trained (and insured, which they will be). At this point the County Agent from the LSU AgCenter will be teaching the first session on proper harvesting techniques sometime in March. I’m looking forward to our first harvest and learning more about citrus trees and everything else that comes are way. From what I understand figs, pears and peaches are on the horizon. Be on the look out everyone!
– Megan Nuismer, Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA @ Hollygrove Market and Farm