Project: Fruit trees for the public

Okay, so a few days ago I had an idea.  What if, every park had two or three fruit trees (or more depending on the population)? 

If we could convince the city to allow us to plant two or more fruit trees in designated areas for the park, maybe we could help out some of the less fortunate. 

Almost everyone goes through a difficult time financially now and then.  I think it would be great if we could make available some healthy food that anyone in need could have access to.  There would need to be a sign posted or an honor system that advises the fruit from the public trees is not for sale and cannot be sold.  Rather, it’s available for anyone who needs it, whether it’s a homeless person, a family going through a rough time, or maybe even some park patrons who just want a healthy snack. 

I know that I would volunteer some time on my weekends to go take care of a tree or two.  I grew up with five fruit trees in my back yard, and I know that they can require a lot of clean-up.  I wouldn’t mind helping with the clean up if it means someone will be able to enjoy a nice, ripe apple, pear, or peach. 

The only things I’m unsure about are:
1.  Would people actually want the fruit?
2.  Would anyone else be willing to volunteer?
3.  How would I go about getting this done if the community is interested?

Right now, it’s just an idea.  Please let me know what you think.  What are the pros and cons?  Do you think this would be a good idea, or a horrible disaster?  Would you be willing to volunteer for this project?  Please comment below and let me know how you feel.


2 thoughts on “Project: Fruit trees for the public

  1. I think it’s a great idea–if something like that was available in my area I would be all over it. Does your community have city counsel meetings? That would be a good place to start I think.

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