by Rhonda Massad
Twenty communities across Canada were chosen by Tree Canada to receive grants to plant fruit and nut trees as part of the organization’s Edible Trees program. The program is able to provide up to $4,000, out of total envelope of $68,000, in grants to municipalities, schools and community gardens to purchase, plant, and maintain the trees. Kirkland received news last week that they were one of the lucky recipients .
“The Edible Trees program provides more than just funding for community-based projects,” says Mike Rosen, Tree Canada president. “The program educates communities on how to help new fruit and nut trees thrive. Once planted, these trees provide communities with access to fresh produce and enrich their green space, contributing to both a healthier environment and healthier people.”
Each Edible Trees proposal was judged based on five key areas: innovation, community involvement, technical expertise, promotion and evaluation of the programs’ overall success.
Kirkland Mayor Gibson was proud to receive the grant.
“It is certainly gratifying to know that Kirkland’s sustainable efforts are recognized by a higher level of government,” Gibson said. “We on Council are especially proud of this innovative green initiative and even prouder of our horticulture and environment management teams for envisioning it.”
The 20 communities awarded an Edible Trees 2016 grant will receive funding for site preparation, caliper tree(s) purchased, materials (guards, mulch, stakes), 3-year maintenance funding, site supervision and assessments and/or workshop delivery to help ensure the health and longevity of the trees.
Since its inception in 2012, Tree Canada’s Edible Trees Program has helped plant over 7,000 fruit and nut providing trees and shrubs in communities across Canada.