Gathering planned at Vincentian Home in McCandless to plant mini ‘food forest’
Several local non-profit organizations are gathering Thursday morning at a senior community in McCandless to plant a mini “food forest” of fruit trees.
“Fruit trees are magic. They feed us, provide clean air to breath and bring us together,” said Cem Akin, CEO of the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, which is one of the groups participating in the event. “We are thrilled to work with so many forward-thinking organizations in Western Pennsylvania to create greener and healthier communities.”
The groups will gather at noon May 2 for a planting workshop before putting a dozen fruit trees in the ground at Vincentian Home.
Representatives from Vincentian Home also will be joined by students from Vincentian Academy, One Tree Per Child Pittsburgh and Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh.
Tree varieties include apples, pears and peaches suitable for Pittsburgh’s climate. Vincentian Home plans to use the trees for educational, therapeutic and nutritional opportunities for its residents and guests.
The maturing trees are expected to produce a harvest within five years.
Vincentian Home is located at 111 Perrymont Road.
Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .