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Get Involved with Fruits of the City

March 18, 2010

Visits to Minnesota food shelves numbered more than 2 million according to an article appearing in the Star Tribune last September. As low-income Minnesotans continue to struggle to put food on the table, The Minnesota Project is pleased to announce that we will continue our Fruits of the City program efforts in 2010.  Last year, we gleaned over 15,500 pounds of excess fruits — most of which went to area food shelves.

Meeting the demand for fresh, whole foods is a rare opportunity for local food shelves.  As Mary Brent, Director of Sharing Korner food shelf in St. Paul, explained, “We are an inner city food shelf and do our best to provide nutritious and balanced food to our clients.  It is, however, rare to get a supply of fresh produce.” Your participation will help Fruits of the City continue delivering excess fruit to those who need it most.

This year, with generous support from SUPERVALU, Fruits of the City is seeking to expand its outreach.  Our goal is to glean a total of 22,000 pounds of fresh apples, pears, and plums in 2010.  We can’t do it without your help!

In addition to collecting fruit, Fruits of the City will organize classes that teach community members how to select, plant and care for fruit trees that grow well in Minnesota. The classes are getting started soon and will be taught by Jeffrey Johnson, a Horticulturist at the University of Minnesota with 24 years of experience.

Growing Fruit in the City

Cost: $30 per person

Saturday, April 17, 9:00am-12:00

Dodge Nature Center

365 Marie Ave W, West St Paul 55118

Renovating Old Fruit Trees

Cost: $30 per person

Saturday, April 17, 12:30-3:00pm

Dodge Nature Center

365 Marie Ave W, West St Paul 55118

Deadline to register is April 14. As we assess the interest this year, we will be adding more classes in other parts of the Twin Cities. More information is forthcoming.

For more information on volunteering, registering a tree, donating to the program, or registering for a class, please call 651-789-3324 or send us an email at fruits@mnproject.org.

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