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Help get an apple orchard planted in Chimborazo Park

Some folks at The Martin Agency have partnered with Enrichmond and Blue Bee Cider to launch a Kickstarter campaign to get an apple orchard planted in Chimborazo Park:

We are partnering with Enrichmond & Blue Bee Cider to create a community apple orchard right in Richmond in Chimborazo Park. But before we can plant the trees, we have to clear the land. That’s where the “kids” come in. Instead of using heavy equipment or chemicals to clear the land out, we want to use goats. Lots of goats. And I’ve seen them in action, they can tear some through shrubbery.

We are hoping to raise $5k by the end of our kickstarter campaign to pay for the goats, and we have some really cool prizes to go along with backing it.

So check it out (at least watch the video of Anne Feild reporting on “bad kids”) and help us get this thing funded!

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lyndsaysdurham
lyndsaysdurham
6 years ago

RT @chpn: Help get an apple orchard planted in Chimborazo Park http://t.co/YvzY05CoSq

joetree415
joetree415
6 years ago

@chpn http://t.co/beNflI0Sao < very cool!????

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Alli Alligood
Alli Alligood
6 years ago

Didn’t an orchard get planted last year by Richmond Tree Stewards and other folks down by the dog park? That’s a rhetorical question because I know it happened, but am wondering if they connect in any way.

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darrellcoffey
6 years ago

RT @chpn: Help get an apple orchard planted in Chimborazo Park http://t.co/YvzY05CoSq

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missinglink
6 years ago

church hill people’s news picked up our kickstarter campaign – http://t.co/GoQzrRzhqp

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Jan Thomas
Jan Thomas
6 years ago

Alli – I can answer that… in early spring of 2012, I and other Church Hill Tree Stewards got permission from Richmond Parks to plant an orchard. We received funding from Altria via Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. During project development we heard rumors that “someone else” had the same idea of planting fruit trees on the vacant land in the lower Chimbo Park. That someone else was Courtney Mailey with Blue Bee. She had approached John Sydnor (Enrichmond) to help in her plans. I suggested we all get together and walk lower Chimbo to see how our projects might… Read more »

Sara
Sara
6 years ago

I posted this comment on Facebook, but figured x-posting it wouldn’t hurt: This is adorable, and I totally support using goats to clear the land. However, I hope they continue to use environmentally friendly solutions and don’t turn to common pesticides to “help” the trees grow. It would be awesome to see them using natural pesticides and fungicides like neem, fish fertilizer, compost, horsetail and stinging nettle… (for further reading on growing apples without pesticides:http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/17/garden/growing-apples-without-pesticides.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0) It’s a little disheartening to see that the Extension service is being brought in as the tree stewards, since most of their work focuses on… Read more »

Gordo
Gordo
6 years ago

Last I heard, this orchard was to be run by a local cidery and be a FOR PROFIT venture. So, this probably needs to be discussed at some level.

UrbanPioneer
UrbanPioneer
6 years ago

Why are we using public lands for a FOR PROFIT orchard? What right do people have to use public parks for profit?

Next Friend
Next Friend
6 years ago

What a great project and a creative way to use the steep slopes of the parks. Cultivated orchards and vineyards, even if leased to commercial enterprises, would be better on the steep slopes of Hill parks than kudzu and weeds.

Sara Schmatz
Sara Schmatz
6 years ago

This is adorable, and I totally support using goats to clear the land. However, I hope they continue to use environmentally friendly solutions and don’t turn to common pesticides to “help” the trees grow. It would be awesome to see them using natural pesticides and fungicides like neem, fish fertilizer, compost, horsetail and stinging nettle… (for further reading on growing apples without pesticides: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/17/garden/growing-apples-without-pesticides.html?_r=0)

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prairiegirl
prairiegirl
6 years ago

And what about all the little creatures that call the kudzu hill home? where should they go?

Connor
Connor
6 years ago

The little creatures can go live in the apple trees. More importantly, where will all the apples go? Will this be a public orchard or for profit venture? I hope Richmond will finally have a public, volunteer-maintained orchard where people can pick fruit for free!

Observer
Observer
6 years ago

So far, NOTHING on any website or description I have read has said anything about “profit”. In fact, it seems to indicate this would be a PUBLIC orchard. Plus, Blue Bee couldn’t profit from this orchard for a long time as it takes a while for trees to mature.

Next Friend
Next Friend
6 years ago

Why can’t we have anything nice?

EDS
EDS
6 years ago

Can the goats clear the hills of Libby Park?

Courtney Mailey
Courtney Mailey
6 years ago

Blue Bee Cider will be donating heirloom variety apple trees to support this project. We will also be engaged in educational elements of the project to a certain degree. Apples grown in public orchards will not be bought or sold by Blue Bee Cider or any other profit-generating entity. We are principally interested in rediscovering which varieties can thrive in our humid, disease and insect pressured climate without taking extraordinary measures to do so. Richmond once had a thriving orcharding past that did not survive Prohibition. So we must re-learn what was once common knowledge.

EWT
EWT
6 years ago

^ THIS ^ Thanks for your input! 🙂

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UrbanPioneer
UrbanPioneer
6 years ago

@Courtney. Growing an orchard is very labor intensive and requires extensive resources. Here are some questions: 1) How do you plan on watering the trees and not disrupting the quiet nature of the park? 2) How will you ensure that other entities who want to use the park (dog walkers, Sports Backers, bicycle racers, etc.) will continue to be able to use the park without interuption? 3) Are you planning on having trucks go in and out of the park down to the kudzo field (carrying water, workers, etc.)? Will that not curtail others from enjoying the quiet solitude of… Read more »

Cindi Mashburn
Cindi Mashburn
6 years ago

Sara, Richmond Tree Stewards are not part of the extension service. There are other tree steward groups in other parts of Virginia that are Master Gardeners first but the Richmond Tree Steward program is open to anyone in the community. Check us out at http://richmondtreestewards.org/.

John Sydnor
John Sydnor
6 years ago

SO thankful for everyone’s support on this great project for Richmond- but especially Church Hill. Thank you Courtney! Blue Bee has been a great partner from the start as this project began to take shape out of our Earth Day Richmond- Community Impact Project process. This will be Enrichmond’s 21st Earth Day Richmond event and our second in historic 17th Street Farmers’ Market on April 26th, 2014 from 11am-5pm. UP- Your questions are appreciated. Our choice of the site took almost 5 months. After soil samples, pomology expert visits, Tree Stewards input (a long time partner of the Enrichmond Foundation),… Read more »

Juliellen
Juliellen
6 years ago

The berry shrubs on the slope below the octagon house seem to have mostly disappeared–there was a long row of them at one point. There are some remaining trees along the mowed path on the slope above the dog park parking lot, but some of those little trees seem to have disappeared by mowing or overtaking by the weeds. There are some trees on the flat part of the lower part, where the border collies run (beyond the parking area but not as far as the kudzu). What happened to the trees and shrubs that were already planted? Do the… Read more »

Connor Vaughn
Connor Vaughn
6 years ago

Thank you Courtney and John for the information and to all of the people who got this project in the works! This is awesome. Can we implement a similar plan elsewhere in the city too?

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