Thursday, March 1, 2007

Roots to Fruits

Common Vision is piloting “Roots to Fruits - School Nurseries to Feed Communities” at 3-4 schools on this year’s Fruit Tree Tour. Common Vision works with the students and teachers to propagate a nursery of 50 – 200 saplings of varieties of fruits that are especially requested and adapted for school plantings in their area. Common Vision educators demonstrate the process of grafting fruit trees (see Grafting 101 below). Students witness and participate in one of the most amazing miracles in nature, the combining of two trees to give both strong roots and delicious fruits. Common Vision gives students the charge to care for the young trees for two years. These trees can then be planted at community centers, neighborhoods in their area and shared with more schools during Fruit Tree Tours to come.

Common Vision’s first “Roots to Fruits” nurseries:

Vista Del Valle Elementary
3 years and 33 fruit trees deep in Fruit Tree Tour participation Vista was honored to be the first Roots to Fruits Nursery. They are caring for 50 grafted apples and 20 rooting fig cuttings.

North Hollywood High School
Under the guidance of soil science teacher Randy Vail, the students in the Naturalist Academy – an environmental track at North Hollywood High, will be hosting the largest Roots to Fruits Nursery. There nursery is holding 50 apples, 100 grape, and 100 fig trees for Fruit Tree Tour. Additionally they gifted Common Vision with 20 4 year old Cherimoya trees. Big thanks for this budding collaboration.

2 comments:

Lana said...

I'm producing an environmental education series, The Green Screen TV, in the SF Bay Area, with a crew of teens. Each of the 17 episodes that we've produced so far include features of youth being spotlighted as they work toward sustainability. We are now working on a community garden segment on the Richmond Greenway, where old rails have been removed and the neighbors are invited to assist with planting. We'd like to feature some of your YouTube videos on the show, with an introduction by the teen reporters. Please contact me if that might be possible.

MichaelCommonVision said...

Lana,
This sounds like a great TV series. Please contact us directly info@commonvision.org.