April 4, 2012

The Boston Urban Forest Council is continuing to grow the tree canopy of Boston!

At last month’s meeting of the Boston Urban Forest Council, Matthew Cahill of BNAN updated the group on a very successful round of applications for the Grow Boston Greener grants – demonstrating an exciting interest in planting trees in the city (decisions on who made the cut will be coming soon).  We have our fingers crossed that the Boston Tree Party Delegations who applied will get the grant to expand their community orchards!

One of the main themes for last week’s meeting was about keeping track of the city’s trees. Victoria Wolff, Director of Sustainable Cities for the Urban Ecology Institute, discussed their ongoing effort to document the street trees of Boston, a project begun almost a decade ago. We are hoping that the Boston Tree Party can contribute to this effort by doing some ‘groundtruthing’ of our own later this year (stay tuned for exciting volunteer opportunities over the summer!). In the meantime, if you plant a tree in Boston, please consider helping the effort to keep track of the city’s trees by adding your planting to the Grow Boston Greener website.

Victoria also discussed the importance of planting a variety of tree species to protect against widespread damage from pests and diseases. Our efforts to plant apple trees around the city are certainly contributing to this biodiversity of trees!

Lastly, Matthew noted that the Boston Shines neighborhood cleanup and community service day is coming up on Saturday, April 28, 2012. For those of you not in Boston, check with your own city/town governments for your local cleanup day. If your town doesn’t have one, consider starting one of your own!

The next BUFC meeting will be at the BNAN office on Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there!

March 29, 2012

Four More Chances to See the Boston Tree Party Film!

Cambridge Delegation of the Boston Tree Party

Did you miss the premiere of the Boston Tree Party documentary film?  If so, you’re in luck–we’re excited to announce a series of film screening parties across the city in the coming weeks.  Each event will be hosted by a different Delegation and will be a great opportunity to see the film, learn more about the project, and connect with the Boston Tree Party network.

Monday April 2, 6-7:30pm: At Tech Networks, South Boston
Hosted by: Southie Trees / Tech Networks / Paraclete Academy Delegation
1 Wadleigh Place South Boston, MA 02127
Andrew Square T stop, limited street parking

Tuesday April 3, 6-7:30pm: At Tufts Friedman School, Downtown/Chinatown
Hosted by: Tufts Friedman AFE / Josiah Quincy School Delegation
Sackler 216A, 145 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111
Chinatown or South Station T stops, parking garage

Monday April 9, 6-7:30pm: At Groundwork Somerville, Somerville
Hosted by: Groundwork Somerville and Somerville Climate Action Delegations
21 Properzi Way, Suite O, Somerville, MA 02143
Porter Square T stop, some street parking

Tuesday April 10, 6-7:30pm: At Roxbury Community College,
Roxbury Crossing
Hosted by: Roxbury Community College Delegation
Academic Building, room 3-424
1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
Roxbury Crossing T stop, free parking lot

Space is limited
at all of these events, except for the screening in Somerville on April 9. If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP to Beth, our Project Coordinator, at

We hope to see you there!

March 28, 2012

Recap of the Boston Tree Party Film Premiere & Mini-Symposium on Civic Fruit

Last night, we had a wonderful film premiere event in partnership with Artists in Context and the BU Gastronomy program. Thank you so much to everyone who was able to attend! In case you missed it, here is a quick recap of the evening’s festivities.

Rachel Black started off the event posing the question, “How can urban agriculture lead to civic engagement?” With plenty of historical references, from Jefferson to Dewey, Rachel’s presentation expanded upon connections between food and cultural history.

Nicole Caruth spoke next with a presentation entitled, “Where Do These Apples Fall in Art History.” With amazing slides and imagery, Nicole enthralled the audience with art projects focused on growing food from the 1960’s to the present-day. The Survival Series, 7,000 Oaks, and Windowfarms were just a few of the intriguing projects Nicole highlighted. Nicole will be writing about these projects and more in a new book on the “Growing Phenomenon” in contemporary art.

Both presentations placed the Boston Tree Party within a larger cultural and art historical context.

After the presentations, the lights dimmed as we officially premiered the Boston Tree Party documentary. It was well received, and it wonderfully represented the inaugural year of the Party. The film will be available online in the near future, but you can catch the film again at one of our upcoming community screening parties this April.  Each party will be hosted by a different Delegation, and it’ll be a great way to connect with the Boston Tree Party community.

The entire event was filmed, so stay tuned for videos of both Rachel Black and Nicole Caruth’s presentations, as well as the panel discussion moderated by curator Judy Fox.

Judy Fox, Nicole Caruth, Lisa Gross, & Rachel Black

March 21, 2012

Videographer needed for March 27th event!

We’re looking for a videographer to film our panel discussion on March 27th. If you know of anyone with a camera and strong shooting/editing skills, please share this post with them:


  • Available for entire event - 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Tuesday – March 27 at BU
  • Provide your own professional video equipment
  • Basic editing skills


  • $120 flat rate for event filming and production of digital video (lightly edited with titles/captions)

To apply, please send a sample of your work to by Friday, March 23.

March 14, 2012

Growing Civic Fruit

Here are the full details for our film screening and panel discussion at BU!

 Growing Civic Fruit

Presented by Artists in Context, the BU Gastronomy Program, and the Boston Tree Party

Tuesday, March 27, 7pm
Rm 110, BU School of Hospitality Administration

928 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

Urban agriculture has captured the imagination of artists, architects and designers all over the world in recent years. Please join us for a cross-disciplinary discussion on the intersection of art, urban agriculture, and civic engagement – fertile ground for sowing seeds that remind us of our interdependent relationship with nature and each other.

The conversation will follow a screening of the new Boston Tree Party short documentary film, and presentations by Rachel Black, professor of Gastronomy at Boston University, and art critic Nicole Caruth. The panel will be moderated by curator Judith Hoos Fox.

For more info, please visit:

Panelists will include:

Rachel Black is an assistant professor and the academic coordinator of the Gastronomy Program at Boston University. Black has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and her research focuses on urban agriculture and food distribution in cities.

Nicole J. Caruth is an arts and culture writer and sometimes curator living in Brooklyn. She has written for, among others, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Phaidon Press, ARTnewsC MagazineGastronomicaPublic Art Review, and She regularly contributes to the PBS affiliated blog Art21, which publishes her food and art column Gastro-Vision. 

Lisa Gross is a Brooklyn/Boston based artist who works in the field of social practice. Her cross-disciplinary projects create opportunities for learning, connection, and multi-sensory engagement. Her practice deals with questions and issues of public space, urban ecology, civic engagement, social history, and cross-cultural relations. She is the founder and director of the Boston Tree Party and Hybrid Vigor Projects.


Judith Hoos Fox, an independent curator, works with Ginger Gregg Duggan under the moniker c2 (curatorsquared), to develop exhibitions of international, cross-media contemporary art and design that explore current issues in culture. Recent exhibitions include Branded and On Display, FACADES, Blown Away, Under Control, Art on Speed, Mechanical Couture: Fashioning a New Order, Art on Speed, Connectivity Lost, Mildred’s Lane Renovating Walden/J. Morgan Puett and Mark Dion and Passing Time.

March 11, 2012

Party in the Press!

This past week we received a lot of great press from bloggers and various online publications, recapping the successes of last year’s plantings and helping us spread the word about our 2012 planting campaign.

Check out some of the great posts published last week:

Eat Drink Better“The Boston Tree Party is Turning Boston’s Public Spaces into Urban Fruit Forests” by Becky Striepe

Care2“Activist Group Builds Community One Apple at a Time” by Beth Buczynski

Sustainablog“Growing Fruit Trees as Community Activism: the Boston Tree Party” by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Groovy Green Livin“The Boston Tree Party: Urban Orchards Unite Communities” by Lori Popkewitz Alper

SeeClickFix Blog“Boston Tree Party” by Kevin Donohue

What’s for Lunch Yo! Blog“Let’s Paint the Town Green” by Courtney Moy

Adam’s Apples (blog)“The Tree Party Wants You” by Adam Auster

The Greenhorns Blog“Be a Boston Tree Partier + Planter”

Tufts GSAS Grad E-news - “Tufts GSAS Student Joins Innovative Urban Agriculture Organization”

Thanks to all the bloggers and journalists who wrote about us! Your coverage truly helps us to plant the seeds of civic engagement and to grow the movement for Civic Fruit!  If you contribute to a blog or online publication and would like to write about us, please let us know!