|Michelle, Jason, and Nicole from Community Action Coalition digging a hole for a fruit tree at Wingra Park, one of the three area sites to win a free orchard.|
Madison Fruits and Nuts is a new group that encourages planting and harvesting of fruits and nuts in Madison, Wisconsin. Free, fresh, local food!
Congratulations to three area groups which won a free orchard! Madison is the only metropolitan area in the US to win at 3 sites; a total of 25 sites were winners in the contest. Having multiple sites diluted our voting, so considering that we won any shows there's a strong interest here!
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation awarded trees for Bock Community Garden, Eagle Heights Community Garden, and Wingra Park.
You can now view and possibly add to a map of fruits and nuts in Madison!
If you have a gmail account, you can add new sites... here's how. Sign in to your account using the "Sign In" link in the upper right part of the window. At that point you should have an "Edit" button next to the map. Click the "Edit" button and you will be able to add place markers to the map and associate a title and description. In the description section include whether the fruit tree or shrub is public or private and, if private, include details of what the owner is offering.
Good news! Volunteers will be allowed to plant edible landscaping in city parks! Check out the media coverage around mid-July (below) and on our facebook page Yum! Madison Wants Public Fruit Trees.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be on our email list.
We'll be initiating other fruity/nutty projects. Here are a few ideas:
We're looking for help with the above. Contact us if you'd like to help!
Here are some documents of interest to people planning edible landscaping.
Here is some media coverage for more background info, most recent first:
Thanks for checking us out. We know interest in this is strong! We've heard from many people, and the pruning workshop we co-sponsored in 2010 filled almost instantly.
P.S. Yes, we're working on a prettier website.