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Dodge Nature Center Harvest

November 8, 2012

Dodge Nature Center, West. St. Paul, MN –  The opportunity to glean at this orchard was a first for Fruits of the City and came as the result of developing a relationship with the director of the Dodge Nature Center, Jason Saunders.  I met with Jason personally back in June.  He drove me to the orchard and we also talked about the Nature Center’s program for some 1200 kids that involved their picking an apple at the orchard.   Later on I met Kim, the owner of the orchard, who was enthusiastic about what we were doing and happy not to have the waste of so many apples falling to the ground.  Jason met us when we came to glean on Sept. 27 with a group from Target, in their red T-shirts and all.  He could see we came prepared and a sponsored group also helped.  We were guided to a specific area of the orchard, leaving the other trees for the kids programs.  The trees were in their down-year cycle as well as some being affected by the April frost.  Regardless, our terrific volunteers from Target picked over 920 lbs. of apples for local food shelves.  Our approach was simple: earn the right to come back next year (and future years) when the harvest might also be much more substantial.  A few days after we were there, Jason emailed me to ask if we might be interested in coming back, should there be apples left after the kids had picked.  That meant as much as the gleaning itself.

Bill Hughes, Orchards Coordinator with Fruits of the City

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  1. November 16, 2012 8:18 pm

    These are students from colleges, high schools and universities throughout the world.
    The book then goes into discussions of “living systems” such as the role of forests (and deforestation), soil,
    and population as related to climate change and energy usage.
    And these changes will not suit human life as it is.

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