Inhabit the Orchard … Share the Fruit
Baltimore Orchard Project
Creating a patch of Eden in every neighborhood The Baltimore Orchard Project is dedicated to bringing fresh fruit and productive fruit trees within the reach of all and creating a greener, healthier, resilient and enchanting community as we go. We work to grow, glean and give away urban fruit, neighbor to neighbor, to those who want and those who need.
Growing With the Baltimore Orchard Project Even if I knew tomorrow the world would be destroyed I would still plant my apple tree. – Martin Luther
What we planted
Where we planted
In 2012, our first year, over 116 fruit trees were planted through the Baltimore Orchard Project networks. Sixteen Congregations, Schools, and Neighborhood Associations planted:
Churches Church of the Guardian Angel Episcopal Church of the Messiah Essex United Methodist Church Faith Lutheran Church Govans United Presbyterian Church Gwynn Oak United Methodist Church Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church Mt. Washington United Methodist Church St. Luke’s Episcopal Church St. Matthews Catholic Church Neighborhoods Irvington Peace Park Schools Academy for College and Career Exploration (ACCE) Archbishop Borders Elementary School Hamilton Elementary/Middle School New Era Academy Youth in Transition School
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Peach, Redhaven Apple, Grimes Golden Pear, Honey Sweet Cherry - Sweet, Black Gold Paw Paw Apricot, Goldcot Plum, Santa Rose Fig, Brown Turkey Fig, Celeste Persimmon, Meader
Orchard Site Consultants Christa Carlson Anne Fleshman Eric Kelly Julie Soss
Erik Dihle and Charles Murphy TreeBaltimore, a program of Baltimore City Parks and Recreation, graciously provided the trees. Rev. Kate Foster Connors Presbyterian Church, The Center coordinator Nicholas McDaniels Baltimore City School Teacher, green listserv manager Angela Smith Food and Faith Project, Center for Livable Future, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
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Inhabit the Orchard … Share the Fruit
Inaugural Harvest Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. – Rabindranath Tagore
In Fall of 2012, over 50 volunteers harvested 1800 lbs of fruit from six private and public locations. Fresh apples, peaches and pears were gathered, transported and donated to the following non-profits: Baltimore Free Farm The Church of the Guardian Angel Franciscan Center Green Street Academy Hannah Moore Shelter The Harriet and Jeanette Weinberg Homeless Resource Center Irvington Peace Park Jonah House Marian House St. Vincent de Paul Church UMAR Boxing Program
Trees Count The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. – Chinese Proverb
Our partnership in the spring of 2012 with Towson University’s Environmental Geography course taught by Dr. Natalia Fath improved Baltimore Orchard Project’s Tree Inventory Count which currently stands at 140. In the spring of 2013 we will continue this partnership with Dr. Fath’s class to bolster our fruit tree inventory. The BOP also rescues trees by helping owners harvest and give away their abundant fruit, and by training volunteers to assist in tree pruning as well as disease and pest identification and management.
Collaborating with Emerging Leaders The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Interns from Brandeis University, Oberlin College, Towson University and Johns Hopkins University -The Center for Social Concerns worked together in researching the history of orchards in Baltimore City and mapping areas of interest to help locate legacy trees. Critical website support was also provided which allows for various constituents to engage in tree registry, volunteering, and upcoming workshops and events. Four women from CareyServes - JHU’S Carey Business School adopted Baltimore Orchard Project as their Poster Proposal to compete for Urbanite magazine’s Healthy Food Challenge Project to address Food Deserts in Baltimore City. Students from the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law continue to provide invaluable research into fruit trees use and regulations regarding public spaces.
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A little knowledge which acts is worth infinitely more than knowledge that remains idle. – Khalil Gibran Baltimore Orchard Project raised awareness of the problem of Food Deserts and the many benefits of fruit trees through a variety of speaking, writing and community engagements including: Annual Baltimore Green Week Presenter, April 2012. Baltimore Orchard Project hosted a workshop at Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory in Druid Hill Park which included tree planting and care demonstrations as well as showing portions of “Botany of Desire” – a PBS documentary based on the book by Michael Pollan. Twenty trees were given to participants courtesy of TreeBaltimore. Annual Maryland’s Land Conservation Conference, May 2012, held in Howard County. Baltimore Orchard Project participated as one of 19 Conservation Leaders who presented ideas in a six minute lightning talk addressing the topic: Thinking Landscape: Beyond Random Acts of Conservation. BOP addressed how the initiatives contribute to landscape-scale land conservation success in the Chesapeake watershed – where landscape-scale conservation is multi-jurisdictional, multi-purpose, and multi-stakeholder. Jewish Museum of Maryland Annual Feldman Lecture, October 2012. Baltimore Orchard Project presented the orchard initiatives at the Locally Sourced Pie Making Demo and was featured in the Chosen Food exhibit. Towson University, What Matters Speaker Series, November 2012. Baltimore Orchard Project spoke about the impact the orchard initiatives were making in the community. Waverly, Druid Hill Park, and Kenilworth Farmer’s Markets were attended by summer interns to raise awareness for the Tree Registry project. Carroll’s Hundred invited Baltimore Orchard project to participate in their Pie Contest to support this Urban History project and volunteer Rachel Rappaport of Coconut and Lime submitted an Apple Cranberry Pie on our behalf. The Baltimore Sun ran an article submitted to the Bay Journal News Service by Founder and Director Nina Beth Cardin on March 13, 2012 “A fruitful idea for Baltimore”. The Baltimore Sun featured the Baltimore Orchard project in an article by Jeanne Holzberg, April 21, 2012 “Plan to feed hungry is bearing fruit”. The Urbanite included Baltimore Orchard Project’s entry in their on-line Healthy Food Challenge Poster Exhibit. Ruthmar Productions produced a video on “The Baltimore Orchard Project at Carroll’s Hundred” available to view on Baltimore Orchard’s website. Baltimore Orchard Project has attracted 261 Twitter followers and publishes a dynamic blog on its website.
Spreading Knowledge The greatest service that can be rendered any country is to add an useful plant to its culture. – Thomas Jefferson
Baltimore Orchard Project collaborated with nonprofit Casey Trees and the University of Maryland Extension (UME) to host the first Native Fruit Workshop held on November 4th at Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park. Eighty-six participants, many of whom are training in the Master Gardener program, attended a comprehensive five-hour workshop which featured a Paw Paw ice cream break and culminated in the planting of six trees for the Farm Park demonstration garden. Thank you to Elizabeth Shore Hill, UME Urban Agriculture and Food System Educator and Baltimore Orchard Project Board Member for planning the event and to the following speakers for sharing their expertise: Jon Traunfeld, Director of the University of Maryland Extension’s Home and Garden Information Center Dr. Jerry Brust, UME Integrated Pest Management Specialist Dr. Karen Rane, UME Plant Pathologist Russ Moss, Baltimore City Forestry Board and Baltimore City Farms Josh Singer, Casey Trees Nina Beth Cardin, Baltimore Orchard Project
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There are rich counsels in the trees. – Herbert P. Horne Gary Ashbeck Baltimore City Sprouts Ned Atwater Atwaters Miriam Avins Baltimore Green Space Amy Bonitz American Communities Trust David Carroll Pam Charshee Carroll’s Hundred, Carroll Park Foundation Abby Cocke Baltimore Office of Sustainability Diana Cohen Erik Dihle Baltimore City Arborist Katie Dix Marla Emery Research Geographer, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station Anna Evans-Goldstein CGRN (Community Greening Resource Network at Parks and People Foundation) Anne Fleshman Baltimore Contained Brent Flickinger Baltimore City Planning Department Rick Gwynallen Reservoir Hill Improvement Council Elizabeth Hill Urban Agriculture and Food Systems Educator, U of MD Extension, Baltimore City Kristen Humphrey Katrina Krause Baltimore Ecosystem Study Sarah Landon American Communities Trust Shelley List Duncan Moore Old York Forest Garden Russ Moss Baltimore City Forestry Board and Baltimore City Farms Charles Murphy TreeBaltimore Margie Roswell Angela Smith Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future Jill Wrigley Open Society Institute, Baltimore Community Fellow (“Good to Grow”)
Nina Beth Cardin, Founder and Director
Get In Touch Contact: Nina Beth Cardin 410-695-3445 NinaBeth@BaltimoreOrchard.org Website: www.BaltimoreOrchard.org Follow Us on Twitter: @BaltOrchard
To Donate to Baltimore Orchard Project please visit our website or contact Nina Beth Cardin. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. – Warren Buffet $15,000 Anonymous to support start-up costs $5,000 Abell Foundation to support annual operating expenses $1,000 Maryland Environmental Trust, Keep Maryland Beautiful Program to support annual operating expenses $1,000 United Way of Central Maryland to purchase tools: shovels, rakes, brooms, pickers, etc.
The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose. – Hada Bejar Cathedral of the Incarnation - for the use of meeting space Hillel at Johns Hopkins University - for the use of summer intern space Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center - for accounting support TreeBaltimore - for trees Judith Dolehanty - Administrative Support Anne Fleischman - Brochure Design, Technical Consultant, University Outreach Shelley List - Business Plan Adrienne Matlosz - Marketing Guidance Rachel Rappaport - Website Recipe Contributor Margie Roswell - Website Developer
Seeds for 2013
He who plants a tree, plants hope – Lucy Larcom The Baltimore Orchard Project is excited to continue working with Johns Hopkins University to plant an historical demonstration orchard on the lawn of the Homewood Mansion in 2013. Meanwhile Baltimore Orchard Project is: Answering the Governor of Maryland’s request for proposal on supporting our returning Veterans, particularly those coping with PTSD, by developing opportunities for training and employment in the orchard industry. Partnering with Neighborhood Design Center to engage civic organizations in the creation of neighborhood orchards, including Man Alive, an addiction recovery program, working with men and women to help them find a new place and purpose in the community through planting and cultivating orchards Offering additional training programs with University of Maryland Extension and Casey Trees Exploring a national urban fruit tree roundtable with the Alliance for Community Trees
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