Thanks to a generous grant from the Catholic Relief Services/Archdiocese of Seattle, we were able to purchase 13 fruit trees! Some of our new apprentices and a handful of volunteers came out on March 15, 2016 and helped us get everything planted, staked, and fenced.
The orchard is The Big ACRE’s first planting, and at the end of the day, after many hours of hard work, we were able to see the fruits of our labor: three rows of young plum, pear, Asian pear, and quince trees that have breathed new life into the field and serve as a source of excitement, inspiration, and momentum for the project. What is more, in a couple of years, and for many years to come, these fruit trees will produce copious amounts of food for food bank clients and youth in our community.
THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of the folks who helped us start this orchard: Catholic Relief Services/Archdiocese of Seattle, who funded the purchase of the trees; Kate Calderwood, who donated her time and provided invaluable advice and consult on which fruit trees and varieties to purchase; Bayview Farm and Garden for their expert advice and lovely bare root selections; and all of our dedicated apprentices and volunteers who helped with the planting. It was a lovely day and a lovely way to kick off The Big ACRE project. We look forward to many more days of good work together.