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It has been a busy month at the New Orleans Fruit Tree Project. Check out my list of the stand-out people and events of this past month:


7th grader, Eli Kanner at a harvesting event last winter

1. Meet Eli Kanner, a 7th grader at Newman School. A year ago Eli was researching non-profits based in New Orleans with whom he could volunteer as part of his Bar-Mitzvah project. We were so fortunate that he came across our website! Together with his mom, Eli signed up to volunteer during last year’s harvest season. Just a 6th grader then, he harvested hundreds of pounds of fruit that were donated to local organizations that feed the hungry. When he read about Planting for the Future in the Gambit, he asked if he could help us purchase a portion of the trees needed to reach our goal of 100. With Eli’s help we are able to purchase 20 fruit trees that will be planted in backyards around the city, providing fresh and nutritious fruit for the homeowner and their family for years to come. We are so honored that he chose to include us in his project and know we will see amazing things from him in the future! ​

2.  We are nearing the end of Planting for the Future 2014! Thanks to a group of 15 amazing volunteers, we have planted 32 trees and counting. This Saturday we will plant 9 more trees in the 7th Ward and plant the last of the trees in New Orleans East after Thanksgiving. It has been so wonderful working with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity and their partner families. I will miss my weekly trips down to Belle Chase to pick up our trees from Saxon Becnel & Sons!


Planting event in St Roch

3. With the end of Planting for the Future comes the start of citrus season! The first harvest of the season was a beautiful persimmon tree in the 7th Ward. We have received several donations of satsumas and have added a few grapefruit trees to our harvest schedule in December. ​Happy Harvesting!


Persimmon Tree



This entry was posted on November 18, 2014 by in VISTA Field Reports.



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