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Tree grant to bear fruit for north Sacramento

Published in Sac Bee By Isabelle Taft

July 3, 2014

Thanks to a national grant, the Sacramento Tree Foundation will plant 11 fruit and nut trees to increase access to nutritious food in north Sacramento.

The $2,500 grant, announced Thursday morning, comes from the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Community Trees. The Sacramento Tree Foundation is one of 12 winners nationwide. Projects are planned for Indianapolis, Henderson, Nev., Baltimore, Md. and other cities chosen from 30 applicants.

The Foundation will use the money to purchase and plant the trees at the Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church Community Garden and Orchard at 3407 Altos Avenue, said Anthony Le, program coordinator at the Alliance for Community Trees. After the trees are planted in August or September, community members will be able to harvest and eat produce from the trees and attend master gardener classes hosted by the University of California.

The grant program is the first of its kind offered by the Alliance for Community Trees, which usually focuses on shade trees.

“We’re really looking at fruit and nut trees as far as addressing nutrition and food access and youth engagement,” Le said. “That’s a new focus for us.”