It’s a wonder why we haven’t seen edible fruit trees and bushes planted in public parks around Buffalo. Despite the shorter growing season, there are still plenty of perennials that can be planted, which would yield food sources for the community.
In Los Angeles, an art group is installing pick-your-own fruit parks around the city, and they are encouraging other cities to do the same thing. The NPR (The Salt) story follows artists David Burns and Austin Young (Fallen Fruit), as they create sustainable food oases, for the community to enjoy. The effort started in 2004, which means that the trees and bushes are now mature enough to provide healthy sustenance for park-goers.
The parks that Burn and Young have worked on typically hold around 20 to 50 trees. A tree takes two to four years to mature. Once it does, each tree can produce 300-500 pounds of fruit each year during its lifespan of up to 50 years.
Each of the parks that the artists plant are different in nature, which means that different fruits and berries grow in different parts of the city.
In 2017, Burns and Young came up with the idea for Endless Orchard, an online database that tracks public fruit trees across the United States. The program encourages people to grow their own food sources at their homes. One of the interesting aspects of the project is watching which types of trees and bushes pop up in various communities.
If you’re thinking about planting a fruit tree or berry bush in your yard, then you might want to do some research, to find out which kind best suits this climate. Take SustainableHomesteading.com for example. The article provides some keen insight into some of the trees and bushes that flourish in areas with four seasons.
Burns and Young feel that by getting people to plant healthy roots in the soil, they will ultimately end up connecting with their own neighborhoods. Now that’s some wholesome food for thought.