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Treepeople, a non profit serving LA since the early 1970’s
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.
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)
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
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
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
Recipient Community Group Volunteers prep along with regular TP Volunteers Simple: prune, wrap, load and go!
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.)
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
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
Public Orcharding: Any non-profit communal fruit growing endeavor in LA County qualifies. For 2012 – 800 deciduous, citrus, avocado, & other species
Elementary School Orchards South Shores Elementary School, San Pedro
Community Gardens Roger Jessup Community Garden, Pacoima
High School Ancient “Ag” Areas Carson High School, Carson (300 fruit trees in 1.5 acres!)
(‘How to’ for the future) learning what works and …
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)
September 2011 (For 2012 – add citrus and avocados!)
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
More knowledgeable volunteers can:
Guide other volunteers and new orchard stewards
Participate in pruning
and tree care events
at PO’s to make
an impact in a uniform way in a short amount of time
Networking Potential of all interested Fruitarians (MG’s, CRFG’s, local folks, etc.)
( Fruit Crew Kahuna Herb Machleder )
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.