[Editor's note: The following was submitted by Incredible Edible Redwood City. If you'd like to share the good work of your organization with the community, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Saturday, January 18 was the first official planting for Incredible Edible Redwood City. Nine bareroot fruit trees including apple, orange, plum, pear, cherry and fig were planted with help from CityTrees experts who demonstrated best practices for hole size, root trimming and alignment, amendments and berms for water retention.
Six months in the planning, the fruit trees are now at home in Red Morton Park behind the main baseball field wall where all are invited to watch their progress! Chris Beth, head of Redwood City Parks and Rec, is an enthusiastic partner and cheerleader for the progress and engaged landscaping staff Francisco Esperanza and Valerie Matonis to coordinate with Incredible Edible for removal of old plantings, tree location, drip irrigation, hole augering and the first deep root watering.
Incredible Edible Redwood City is a group of local gardeners who share the belief that the community is enriched when all residents have access to good, local fruits and vegetables and are engaged in the process. The mission of Incredible Edible Redwood City is threefold: To work together in public, private & community gardens. To share the fruits of labor, especially with those who most need them and To encourage a community tradition of edible gardening through education, support and locating usable public & private spaces.
Trees were donated by CityTrees, Chris Beth, Valerie Matonis, Dave Hyman and Incredible Edible members. Special thanks to Rethink Recology for the compost.
Redwood City resident who would like to join this group are invited to join through the group list at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Incredible_Edible_Redwood_City/info