Charity’s new organic orchard open for business

April 30, 2012 by  

Belstville is soon to be the home of a new orchard, as part of a charity’s crusade against hunger.

Bread for the City, a non-profit organization, has built an organic fruit orchard on a 2.75 acre plot in the city.

The charity helps to feed around 300 families a day, and the orchard is its latest endeavour. Over the last two years, its centers have developed rooftop gardens, but as the cost of fruit rose, so did its popularity.

Bread for the City’s developmental director, Kristin Valentine, commented on the challenges it faces. She said:

“Gleaning fruit has been tricky.

“Some of our farming partners have had to shut down due to infestation, so we needed another reliable, affordable option. City Orchard was the best way for us to take our food program to the next level.”

As the orchard is near to the city, it is hoped that the people it helps will be instrumental to its success. They will be encouraged to help out around the orchard, plant seedlings and play a part in workshops that teach how to grow your own fruit and vegetables in an urban environment. Like any charitable cause, it relies upon the goodwill of the public, and it may enlist the services of print shops in the area for a run of poster or flyer printing in a bid to attract new volunteers to its cause.

It is envisioned that by the time the orchard is fully operational in 2014, it will be a source of 40,000 lbs of fresh fruit per year, saving the charity $80,000 per year.