Why Plant Fruit Trees?

Planting fruit trees in civic spaces has many social, environmental, and health benefits.  Here are a few:

  • Greater access to fresh, healthy food, which improves the health and well-being of all residents.
  • Improved air quality, which improves respiratory health for all residents.
  • Reduced flooding and water pollutants due to stormwater run-off, which improves water quality.
  • Increased shade and lower air temperatures, which reduces the need for energy-intensive air conditioning.
  • Improved soil quality and decreased erosion.
  • New habitat for birds and bees.
  • Increased biodiversity in our food supply.
  • A stronger connection to the growing of our food.
  • The creation of inviting and memorable community gathering places.
  • A multitude of opportunities for experiential learning.