- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - A food forest is taking shape in Johnson City thanks to the help of volunteers.

Several showed up Sunday afternoon at the Tree Streets Food Forest to plant fruit-bearing trees.

The Johnson City Press (https://bit.ly/Q6BsES) reports students from University School, the Appalachian Learning Academy and East Tennessee State University came out to help members of the Tree Streets initiative. The aim of the project is to make food available to the community for free.

Tree Streets Food Forest organizer Taylor Malone says the group accomplished a lot.

“We’re doing some mulching and digging, and we have kids out here to paint signs for all the fruit trees: apple, plum, Asian pear, persimmon, raspberries and blackberries,” he said.

The property, which is owned by First United Methodist Church and sits adjacent to its food pantry, will be filled with fruit- and herb-bearing trees and plants.

After getting a grant to purchase trees for the garden, Malone said he began looking for a good location.

“I came and approached the First United Methodist Church about using this property here. What better place to grow fruit trees, herbs, and vegetables than on the food pantry property?” he said.

“The food is available for anyone to come pick and eat,” Malone said. “The whole idea is to just grow food. Fruit trees will produce for up to 80 (or) 100 years.”

He says there are already plans to start another such garden in the community.

“We’re trying to do this all over Johnson City,” he said.


Information from: Johnson City Press, https://www.johnsoncitypress.com

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