Jr Tree Tenders kicks off with Henry Houston students!
On Friday, May 26th, 27 sixth graders from Henry Houston joined us in the Carpenter Lane eco-space (still working on a formal name, if you have ideas, email Jo!) Together with 12 community volunteers, including 8 experienced Mt Airy Tree Tenders, these students planted 11 trees for an edible hedgerow, including pears, apples, figs, mulberries, chokeberries, and serviceberries. From digging holes and learning to level the young trees in the ground, from watering and mulching, to discovering the cooling power of trees, naming them, and delighting in the huge worms and critters scooting around in the dirt, these young people were an absolute pleasure to work with, and we look forward to hosting them again in the near future to continue their relationship with these trees as they all grow.
Right now this program is supported through a small grant from Feet First Philly and the Clean Air Council. If you’d like to support the growth and sustainability of Jr Tree Tenders, please donate here, and write in the Order Notes section, Jr Tree Tenders.