For Earth Day and Global Youth Service Day we had lofty goals. We wanted to create a day of service focused on tree planting. The perfect team came together to make those goals a reality. More than 80 trees were planted at 4 different schools to provide shade, windbreaks and fruit. More than 150 trees were planted just east of Chautauqua Park along the loop trail creating our community’s first public orchard. Apples, Pears, Plums, Peaches, Apricots, Mulberries, Persimmons, Paw Paws, Walnuts, Chestnuts and Hazelnuts make up the diverse planting that will serve as a community gathering place and educational station for years to come.
Project Partners that made this vision a reality: Alliant Energy, Trees Forever, Hometown Rewards, City of Fairfield, IA State University Extension, Ideal Energy, Fairfield Volunteer Center, Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield Middle School, Washington Elementary School, Singing Cedars Waldorf School, KRUU 100.1 FM, Edible CityScapes, 100 Trees, and more supported this project with time, resources and so much more.
Individuals interested in serving on the orchard advisory board should contact Scott Timm … and keep your eye out for further orchard-related volunteer opportunities coming up.
Thank you Fairfield Volunteers for making this project an incredibly rewarding success for our community!