Our Community Brunch on 4/17 was a wonderful time of discussion over our latest program: a fruit tree planting program that would bring a permanent source of fresh fruit in our neighbors' back yards.
Here's the video briefing:
The community conversation on this was so good!
People brainstormed over two things: 1) Community benefits of this ministry (on to apple post-it notes), and 2) Future opportunities (on to leaf post-it notes, of course)
And eventually we stuck them onto a giant map of our neighborhood--we filled up the streets with good ideas!
What a Holy Spirit-filled time!
For the curious, here's what people came up with, in no particular order:
Community Benefits (apples)
- lost cost food (healthy)
- entrepreneurship training for neighborhood (to be independent)
- Visibility for New City Church's vision
- engaging and education the community and kids on food production
- invested in your home/'tree roots'
- opens doors for neighbors to ask for small favors (ex. eggs) regularly
- nutritional benefits to neighborhood
- professional photos to raise tree money
- educate neighborhood to be self sufficient
- convenience to neighborhood (having produce available)
- an "in" with the neighbors
- enhancing neighborhood green spaces and making the neighborhood beautiful
- gathering the surplus from pre-existing mulberry trees
- creating oxygen in the most polluted neighborhood in South Minneapolis
- support bees and pollinators
- pride in growing your own food
- developing models for supporters (donors) of hte project to actively participate and receive the same type of benefits as the "recipients" of the program. "Plant a tree, give a tree...or buy a share, give a share"
- familiarity with other peoples' homes
- crime prevention resources, familiar faces, accountability
- this is better science education than learning about parallelograms
Future Opportunities (Leaves)
- 5k/bike tour to sponsor a tree
- connecting to Midtown Farmers Market
- Long-term opportunities: neighborhood presentations and invitations
- roof depot site, plans for aquaponics, and solar array
- creating a permaculture village in this area
- Land stewardship project office location
- community bake sale
- a way for people to make money/income
- year later potluck with fruit produced
- for renter, in exchange for planting, lower rent
- creating partners with small businesses/real estate people
- source of revenue for families
- poetree: a fruit tree in a public space. people get a fruit for free if they leave a poem
- sharing planting knowledge
- mentorship program
- free advertising for the city
- teen/youth internships
- connecting with neighbors in all seasons--such as preparing fruit trees for winter or what to do in the spring to get the trees going again
- mini farmers markets (and having a presence at ones already existing)
- partnership for/with Sisters Camelor or Farmers Markets and Produce Trucks
- building a network of future green volunteers!
- economic opportunities to engage other people in planting/care
- earned media opportunity/conversation starter