Announcing the Lawrence Community Orchard!
By Cole Cottin, KRC’s Our Local Food – Kaw River Valley Coordinator
|Lawrence Fruit Tree Project strives to educate, assist, and inspire the public to grow, steward, and utilize perennial food plants.|
Lawrence Community Orchard is a project of the LFTP.It is made possible by the City of Lawrence Common Ground Program. The Common Ground Program was launched this year with the intent of leasing city land to individuals or groups for the creation of community gardens and market farms. The LFTP will lease the site at the eastern end of Garfield St. bordering the Burroughs Creek Rail Trail in the East Lawrence Neighborhood. The site will evolve over the next several years into an ecological orchard with a park-like atmosphere. The site will produce nutritious foods and serve as a perennial food gardening demonstration and educational space for the greater community.
How you can help:
LFTP is forming a volunteer team to accomplish the ongoing tasks of creating and maintaining this public orchard. In March, they will begin preparing planting holes, and later planting trees on the site. They will need trees planted, wood chip mulch delivered, help making signs, etc. Summer care includes mowing and watering. If you are interested in having an role in Lawrence Community Orchard send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org how you might like to help. If you are interested in attending work days, they will be announced through email — the first workday is listed below!
The LFTP is also accepting material and/or monetary donations to help make public fruit a reality. If you are interested in donating please contact:email@example.com.
Here are some materials needed for the orchard:
– millable-sized (10-20″ diameter, 6’+ long) osage orange logs for construction of park benches and a kiosk
– t-posts (sturdy metal stakes)
– large quantities of wood mulch
– push lawn mower or a volunteer to mow throughout the season
– garden shovels, hard rakes, bypass pruners
– a donation of $25 would buy a fruit or nut tree that will, throughout it’s lifetime, give back many times over
You can participate!
FIRST community work day: Saturday, March 17th from 9am to 3pm
Help remove sod and prepare planting holes for about 60 trees and shrubs! Many hands make light work 🙂 Bring your friends and family for a fun day helping to create this community orchard. Most trees will be planted the following week.
If you have them, please bring shovels and work gloves (the more the merrier). Also, be sure to bring a snack. Refreshments provided. The 17th is also St. Patrick’s day — feel free to stay for as short or as long a time as you wish.
The orchard is located along Burroughs Creek Trail off of Garfield st. Below is a link to the Google map. On the map, a drainage ditch is incorrectly labeled as Garfield, Garfield is actually to the south. Note the green arrow: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=38.959309,-95.22636&ll=38.959511,-95.226228&spn=0.001599,0.002411&num=1&t=h&z=19
Please do not park on Garfield st. It is a narrow street with many driveways and parking there would inconvenience the neighbors. Instead, please park along Delaware or at the playground at 15th and Burroughs Creek. OR, better yet, ride a bike or walk!