June 5, 2012

Growing the Party: Five new Tree Planting Delegations – and potential for more!

We’re excited to announce the next five communities that will be planting with us – this time in the fall. After waiting out the too-hot weather this summer, these communities will be putting their heirloom apple trees in the ground around October. We can’t wait!

Cambridge – Lesley University
Dorchester –
The Boston Project / Talbot Norfolk Triangle Neighbors United
Jamaica Plain – 
JPChurch / Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue
Roxbury –
First Church Roxbury / Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
Roxbury –
Madison Park High School / John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science

We’d like to extend an official welcome to these new communities and to thank each of them for making a stand for Civic Fruit!

Stay tuned for details about other tree planting parties that occurred this spring. And if you’re interested in making your community a Tree Party Delegation, why not consider joining these groups and planting in the fall? There’s plenty of time to work out the details over the next few months; we’re transitioning to a great new structure for new Delegations for this fall and beyond. Contact to discuss the possibilities.

June 1, 2012

It’s Party time! Tree Planting Parties happening across Boston!

With spring in full swing, our 2012 Tree Planting Delegations have begun to plant their heirloom apple trees! From Dorchester to North Andover, Fort Point to Charlestown, we’re seeing the seeds of Civic Fruit spread across the city, bringing diverse communities together in support of fresh, healthy food.

At St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, staff and community members gathered for the kick-off of their very own apple orchard. Sharing snacks of fresh apples and applesauce, the group learned about Boston’s rich apple history, as well as the process of growing and cross-pollinating different varieties.

Over in Andover, more than 400 students and adults came together to plant heirloom apple trees at the Pike School. The younger kids helped lay down mulch around the trees, then everyone enjoyed apples and cider donuts from a local orchard; a wonderful community activity all around.

The Fort Point Neighborhood Association integrated arts and crafts into their tree planting party, producing a beautiful cardboard mural to commemorate the event. The children were very excited about the tree planting and very proud of their work.

Check out some photos from these recent tree plantings:

May 30, 2012

Boutique Fabulous and Magpie are now official retailers of Boston Tree Party wares!

If you love our beautifully illustrated t-shirts as much as we do, you’ll be happy to hear that you can now purchase them at Boutique Fabulous in Cambridge and Magpie in Somerville! Both t-shirt designs are available in men’s and women’s sizes, and we also offer onesies for infants three to twelve months old. Sporting our stylish Boston Tree Party gear is a great way to support the Party!

All of our merchandise is produced with organic cotton and printed locally at QRST’s in Somerville, MA.

If you prefer to buy on-line, all of our items are available for purchase right here on our website.

May 28, 2012

The A-Team says goodbye to Larry & Amory

Today, we say goodbye to Larry and Amory, our Communications Manager and Community Outreach Manager. Thank you so much for all your hard work this year, and best of luck with your future endeavors!

May 25, 2012

Greening Logan Airport – updates from the Boston Urban Forest Council

When you think of Logan Airport, trees are not the first thing to come to mind. But Mass Port Authority has been working to change that over the past decade as more than a thousand trees have been planted on airport grounds, with about a thousand more planned within the next decade.

John Krajovic and John Carli of Mass Port Authority spoke at the most recent Boston Urban Forest Council meeting May 22 about their work to make the outdoor spaces at Logan – the gateway to New England – evocative of a classic New England landscape. They have also been working very hard to integrate the airport more successfully with the residential areas of East Boston at the borders of the airport.

The meeting was a wonderful opportunity for MassPort, BUFC, and the Boston Tree Party to discuss our similar work in integrating trees in industrial / urban areas often dominated by concrete. The main conclusion was that long-term care and maintenance is truly the key to success in ensuring that trees not only live, but thrive.

So make sure to keep a close eye on your apple trees and they will reward you with decades of delicious fruit!

May 10, 2012

Growing the Party: Twelve new Tree Planting Delegations and more on the way!

After a successful round of recruitment, we’re excited to announce the first twelve communities that will be planting with us this spring. We have a few more in the works, testing their soil and acquiring access to land, but these twelve communities have ordered their trees and are ready to become Tree Planting Delegations of the Boston Tree Party!

AndoverPike School
BostonFort Point Neighborhood Association
BostonNortheastern University
BrooklineChurch of Our Saviour
CambridgeShady Hill School
CharlestownCharlestown High School
ChelseaThe City of Chelsea Tree Board
DedhamTown of Dedham
DorchesterSt. Mary’s Women & Children’s Center
DorchesterQuincy Geneva Housing / Arlean Family Day Care / Greater Grove Hall Main Streets
North AndoverThe Office Recording
WalthamChapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School

We’d like to extend an official welcome to these new communities and to thank each of them for making a stand for Civic Fruit!

Stay tuned for details about upcoming tree planting parties, as well as a second announcement about more 2012 Tree Planting Delegations.