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Steve Hofvendahl

  1. 1. TreePeople Fruit Tree Program Giveaway
  2. 2. Free Fruit Trees Provided to Los Angeles communities for 30 years
  3. 3. Funded by Generous support from 11,000 TreePeople members
  4. 4. Volunteer Driven
  5. 5. Treepeople, a non profit serving LA since the early 1970’s <ul><li>to inspire, engage and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun and sustainable and to share the process as a model for the world. </li></ul>
  6. 6. History: Originally inventory was comprised of donated free left over bare roots from wholesalers From ’84 -’89: 26,000 provided to low income families in LA, and Indian reservations throughout the Southwest (but there was no choice, often poor quality, in scraggly shape after b.r. season, no attention to chill hours or self fertility)
  7. 7. 1986-1989: African Airlift Over 7,000 trees distributed, with the cooperation of humanitarian assistance groups, indigenous organizations and government agencies. 80% survival rate documented
  8. 8. Now, Trees are Carefully Ordered and Purchased Since the 90’s we buy quality commodity varieties -- low chill and self fertile -- guaranteed to produce in Southern CA – apples, apricots, peaches, nectarines, and plums, until 2008 around 3,000 per year
  9. 9. Expansion of TP FTP 2008 – 9,000 bare root deciduous 2009 – 9,000 bare root and 3,000 citrus 2010 – 6,000 bare root and 3,000 citrus 2011 – 6,000 bare root deciduous 2012 – 7,800 deciduous, citrus, and avo
  10. 10. Deciduous = January Giveaway <ul><li>Bare root inventory divided and stockpiled at </li></ul><ul><li>2 or 3 locations in targeted recipient areas </li></ul><ul><li>“ Heeled” in wet sawdust (dormant into February) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Preps For Bareroots 1. Pruning -- Small caliper trees cut to whips or nearly
  12. 12. (Wet muddy fun) 2. Root ball wrapping in wet newspaper & plastic bags
  13. 13. Recipient Community Group Volunteers prep along with regular TP Volunteers Simple: prune, wrap, load and go!
  14. 14. Concise and thorough planting and care instructions provided in English or Spanish Planting and ongoing care on either side of 1 piece of paper 2 sets of instructions: “in the ground” & “ permanently in a pot” (Advice is given to plant bare roots within 2 days.)
  15. 15. Distribution of fruit trees “ Family Distribution” -- Most of the trees go to individual families who can’t easily afford or have access to fruit trees (+/- 80% of inventory) A smaller percentage of inventory goes to “ Public Orchards ” -- communally grown and not for profit
  16. 16. Festive Giveaway Distributions
  17. 17. Community networking events
  18. 18. Farmers mkts in targeted areas
  19. 19. Some happy recipients
  20. 25. 2012 – target areas for Family Distribution Northeast San Fernando Valley and South Los Angeles January through early February 7,000 bare root deciduous apples, apricots, nectarines, peaches, and plums
  21. 26. Public Orcharding: Any non-profit communal fruit growing endeavor in LA County qualifies. For 2012 – 800 deciduous, citrus, avocado, & other species
  22. 27. Elementary School Orchards South Shores Elementary School, San Pedro
  23. 28. Community Gardens Roger Jessup Community Garden, Pacoima
  24. 29. High School Ancient “Ag” Areas Carson High School, Carson (300 fruit trees in 1.5 acres!)
  25. 30. (‘How to’ for the future) learning what works and …
  26. 31. Grant High School Serenity Garden, Valley Village Breaking ground January, 2011 (47 deciduous varieties: apple, apricot, nectarine, peach, plum, pluot, aprium, nectaplum, peacotum, jujube, persimmon, fig, and pomegranate)
  27. 32. September 2011 (For 2012 – add citrus and avocados!)
  28. 33. TP FTP Fruit Crew <ul><li>More knowledgeable volunteers who can: </li></ul><ul><li>Guide other volunteers and new orchard stewards </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in pruning and tree care events at PO’s to really make an impact in a uniform way in a short amount of time </li></ul><ul><li>More knowledgeable volunteers can: </li></ul><ul><li>Guide other volunteers and new orchard stewards </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in pruning </li></ul><ul><li>and tree care events </li></ul><ul><li>at PO’s to make </li></ul><ul><li>an impact in a uniform way in a short amount of time </li></ul><ul><li>Networking Potential of all interested Fruitarians (MG’s, CRFG’s, local folks, etc.) </li></ul>( Fruit Crew Kahuna Herb Machleder )
  29. 34. TreePeople Nursery and satellite nursery fruit tree propagation and care oddball species to propagate ourselves: fig, mulberry, pomegranate, white sapote, cherimoya, loquat, passionfruit, banana, papaya, etc.
  30. 35. Baby white sapote seedlings
  31. 36. Education & FTP: Fruit Crew Events
  32. 37. Fruit Tree Pruning & Fruit Tree Care 2 separate formal 3 hour traveling workshops
  33. 38. Ad hoc fruit tree talks Designed for recipient community groups’ particular needs
  34. 39. school garden curriculum
  35. 40. Grafting workshops and demonstrations
  36. 41. Future Possibilities <ul><li>Gleaning Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Food Justice (how are those peaches shared exactly?) </li></ul><ul><li>Cooking, Drying, and Preserving </li></ul><ul><li>School lunch augmentation </li></ul>
  37. 42. Urban Angelino Fruit Enthusiasts: ! Unite!