Planting for an Edible City

December 29, 2014 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

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This fall marked a special event in New York when, for the first time in its history, the semi-annual MillionTreesNYC free tree giveaway exclusively featured edible fruit trees. Species included Indian Blood peach (Prunus persica), Asian pear (Pyrus pyrifolia), Chicago Hardy fig (Ficus carica), Prima almond (Prunus dulcis), and Pristine apple (Malus domestica). Giveaways ran through October, and 4,500 delicious new trees found happy homes in all five boroughs. With enthusiasm escalating for local foods, urban agriculture, and foraging, this number may not sound surprising! In fact, it presents the first large-scale planting event by the city. Giveaways focused on enhancing our urban edible landscape—enabling thousands to “forage” from their own backyards and setting a great example of how public interest in the local landscape can influence our built environment.

By Emily Gordon at Metropolis magazine. More HERE>>

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Entry filed under: Biodiversity, Food, Resilience.

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