We have this all planned out, Energy Lady is going to dig up a blueberry bush from Blueberry Hill, and has gotten permission to do this . We have arranged with the Ilsley Library to plant the tree in the library garden and to invite library patrons,especially the children's library. Will post pictures soon.
Above & Beyond Food Challenge
Plant a food tree for the benefit of your community.
Did you know...
The almond tree is sometimes known as the "Tree of Life," and its shape is imitated by the shape of the menorah, a candle holder used for Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.
But the almond tree's symbolism of light goes beyond that recognized in Judaism.
Its ancient Aramaic name, "luz," translates as "light," and it appears in creation stories of ancient cultures such as those of the Sumerians, the Phrygians and the Canaanites.
Gardening and other forms of agriculture often require a great deal of labor, and the need to plant, nurture, weed, and harvest every year. When you plant a food tree, you're contributing an ongoing source of nourishment (and beauty) to your community.
- Pick a public, accessible place where people would be able to benefit from a well-sited food tree. Libraries, parks, or schools could be great spots.
- Talk to the landowner about what it would take to plant a food tree, and what kind of tree would be appropriate for that location.
- Find a local garden store or nursery, and see if they'll donate a tree to your project (or maybe sell a tree at a reduced rate).
- Make sure you get good instructions about how to plant and care for your tree.
- You might need to raise a little money to pay for the tree. Pass the hat at work, have a bake sale, or ask other local businesses for donations.
- Turn the tree-planting into an event! Have a party. Invite the press! Put a sign next to the tree letting people know that this is food for everyone!
- Let us know how it goes! Take photos! Share your story!