Community Thoughts: Tree Planting Program

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!

Juicy Brainstorming

Juicy Brainstorming

 

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)

I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and community ben-efits

I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and community ben-efits

Leaves of the future!

Leaves of the future!

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
Posted on April 20, 2016 .