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Vote Every Day Through the Month of May

Vote at www.CommunitiesTakeRoot.com for Duluth UMD Heritage Orchard.


Cindy Hale and kids
Cindy Hale (left) with area children

Vote today and every day through May for Duluth to win a community fruit orchard! ...UMD has set the stage and will provide a place for the community orchard. To make it happen, we need your votes!

Go to www.CommunitiesTakeRoot.com. Register the first time, then login, and vote every day through May for the "DULUTH - Sustainable Agriculture Program – UMD Heritage Orchard." We all win!

This national competition, sponsored by Edy’s Fruit Bars, will give us…
• A 50+ apple orchard of heritage apples of our choosing
• Site and soil preparation before planting
• A BIG community planting event
• 1 full year of aftercare for trees and community workshops
• ALL apples from the orchard go FREE to Duluth community!

Five orchards will be given away each month from June through Sepember based on the number of votes. Help us win in the first month! VOTE! Share with family, friends and facebook! There’s never been an easier way to grow an orchard and help your community. With a few computer clicks each day, you can help Duluth develop a heritage fruit orchard that will feed those in need and provide a place for all of us to learn how to grow healthy fruit.

Apple picking

The Sustainable Agriculture Project at the University of Minnesota Duluth was formed in 2009. Awarded stewardship over abandoned lands that include a five-acre heritage apple orchard, they have instituted education, research, and community engagement around local food systems and food security in the western Lake Superior region. Their restorative project draws on a rich history of regionally focused agricultural research and knowledge embedded in archives, abandoned orchards, people, and affiliated institutions.

UMD’s Heritage Orchard will be an educational focal point for the community and for students by providing regionally adapted tree fruit varieties and models of organic, sustainable tree fruit management. They are instituting a wide range of public events and collaborations with community organizations dedicated to addressing issues of poverty and hunger in our region, such as Duluth Community Action’s Seeds of Change Urban Farming project, Duluth Community Garden Program, and nutrition programs at K-12 schools. They aspire to provide a place for people to collaborate in rebuilding our local food system and cultivating food skills for the betterment of all.

“Communities Take Root” is sponsored by Edy’s Fruit Bars to encourage healthy eating and build strong community relationships – exactly what UMD hopes to accomplish with its orchard. The company has partnered with the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants in places that best benefit communities across the world. Together they will give 20 locations with the most votes a fruit orchard. They will announce five winners every first of the month from June through September.

For more information, contact Cindy Hale at cmhale@d.umn.edu.



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