outside experience 3: the community forum

It’s simple. Free fruit for all. A public orchard where everyone is entitled to the fruit.

Okay, it is not that simple.

On Saturday, I joined other Bloomington Community Orchard volunteers and Bloomington community members for an important community forum: As the Bloomington Community Orchard begins to bear fruit, who gets it? Who is all? How is it distributed? What we came to realize is, it’s all about the fruit–but it isn’t about the fruit. Ya know?

No, you don’t. We didn’t either. The acre of orchard will help Bloomington become more food secure & hopes to provide fresh fruit to those in need. But it goes beyond the existing orchard site. One of the organization’s key goals is to propagate the Orchard–take it beyond the fenced acre & spread orcharding knowledge so that landowners throughout the community can begin growing & sharing fruit. So, it’s all about the fruit & the sharing, but it’s not just our fruit–the fruit we’re growing.

Read more at project V515.


About meganbetz

human geography PhD Student at Indiana University; wife, reader, writer, baker, gardener
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