The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics will begin planting the first trees in the Garden to Table Orchard on Monday, March 17, 2014 from 4 - 6p.m.
The orchard will primarily be used for teaching with a focus on organic growing techniques while providing fresh, local fruit to Fresh Gatherings Café, the café operated by the Department on the lower level of the Allied Health Building. The fruit will also be provided to the surrounding community through Fresh Harvest, the Department's Community Supported Agriculture program. Finally, any excess fruit will be provided to Campus Kitchen, a community outreach program that coordinates food donations to use in meals delivered by various organizations, including the Salvation Army Family Haven, Blumeyer Community Center and the Ronald McDonald House.
Starting this spring, the Department will host education programs targeted to those who would like to add fruit trees to their school gardens and to community members who would like to add fruit trees to their yard. The Department will work with Stark Bro's Nursery and Orchards for the educational programs.
For more information, see the article when ground was broke on the orchard.
The Orchard is near the intersection of Caroline St. and Virginia Ave. just west of the Garden to Table organic garden.