Community Orchard in the Works

Hey, Blooming-town! We’ve Got a Community Orchard in the Works

If you are still walking around with Malcolm Dalglish’s [link] "Pie March" in your head, from the ArtsWeek 2010 performance of The Welcome Table [link] at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, followed by a song parade and Bloomingfoods pie fest on on the B-Line Trail (“Tray-oh!”), you may want to look ahead to the creation of the Bloomington Community Orchard. There are more community pies in our future!

The kick-off meeting for the Bloomington Community Orchard was held on February 22 at City Hall. It was packed with volunteers eager to get our first publically-owned, volunteer-run orchard up and running.

The City of Bloomington has generously set aside a planting site south of the Willie Streeter Community Garden near the YMCA. The group aims to plant the first trees this spring.
A photo shoot at the site on February 23 brought the “apple core” group together again. Pied-piper Malcolm came with his rinky-dink apple peeler corer, one of those nifty devices that makes a little slinky out of an apple.

Volunteers are needed to assist with all aspects of the project, from seed-sowing to celebration of the first harvest. If you're interested in contributing to our local food supply and helping make sustainability delicious, be in touch!

For more information about this exciting project, please contact Amy Countryman at acountry[at]indiana[dot]edu or 812-679-8261.