This spring, we've made another large plant order from One Green World, Twisted Tree, Cold Stream Farm, and other nurseries in the northeast. We'll be planting them in nursery beds in volunteer lawns in Northampton and beyond. This will take the stress off immediate need for planting, and give them a chance to mature over time - letting us plant hardier, bigger stock later, while being able to afford a large quantity of small saplings.
We've already broken ground along the bike path in Northampton. After pruning the 175 Concord grape vines, we're starting the cuttings in a propagation bed. More apple trees went in there, some to Just Roots community farm in Greenfield, whose HYS plants will be moved this year to a large public orchard on the farm. Four Rivers students planted paw paws and hickory trees at the Green River Rec Area, also in Greenfield.
There are many exciting projects to expand this year, and of course, such potential to expand. Volunteer to be a tree or garden steward! This Sunday 4/26 from 12-2 we'll be tending to the PYO medicine plot at the Florence Organic Community Garden. Stay tuned for upcoming meetings and orientations.