Pasadena needs a policy that fruit trees should be planted anywhere. The Pasadena Public Health Dept has named access to fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly in the food desert of the Northwest as a top priority. This unprecedented drought means that our food security is increasingly threatened.
The City plans to plant approximately 900 trees this year. If we will be spending precious water during this unprecedented drought on watering newly planted trees, should they not be food bearing? Fruit trees, besides providing food for people, offer all the benefits of other trees such as carbon sequestration, shade for comfort, and reducing the urban heat island effect, soil and habitat benefits, and beauty.
Three people at the table said they wanted to help. Suddenly the small group of Transitioners working on this project had doubled! The power of intention is a mighty power! If you would like to help with the outreach effort or would like more information, please contact Therese Brummel.
A Chinese proverb reminds us that “the best time to plant a fruit tree is ten years ago. The second best time is now.”
— Therese Brummel