Plant Our (Edible) Future

 Shovel

Shovel

On Saturday, March 21, volunteers (with experienced guides) will plant nearly 70 fruit- and nut-bearing trees (baby trees, I mean) in four locations in downtown Lexington. If you want to be part of this urban orchard experience, come to the London Ferrell Community Garden at 250 East Third Street, (in the large field next to Lexington's main fire station) at 9:00 AM -- that's a civilized hour on Saturday, no? -- with a workable shovel. You'll know what to wear. Groups involved in this wonderful step toward greater urban food self-sufficiency include Christ Church, Seedleaf, Inc., the Martin Luther King Neighborhood Association, Communality, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's Neighborhood Action Match Grant Program, Living Arts and Science Center, Florence Crittenton Home, Fayette and Woodford County Extension, Fayette County Master Gardeners, Down to Earth Garden Club, and more.

Rumor has it there will be refreshments mid-dig.

Gratitude, thanks, appreciation: We have been mentored and guided so kindly, generously, and extensively by many people, even before the first spade bites earth. We especially thank Reed Valley Orchard owner and fruit tree expert Dana Reed, UK Horticulture Professor John Strang, Woodford County Extension Agent for Horticulture and Master Gardener Patti Meads, David Wagoner of Three Springs Farm CSA.

One other note: One person's work made this possible: Our generous, kind, wise, lovely and irrepressible leader (and master gardener) Sherry Maddock. She deserves her own edible urban forest - dedicated to future generations, of course.

Photo Credit: Slonov -Thank you!

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