The Fruity Nutty Five Contest promotes the planting of fruit and nut trees in parks and residential yards and the creation of neighborhood orchards and food forests throughout the city of Milwaukee. By planting fruit and nut trees, our goal is to protect the environment, improve public health, and strengthen our community. Through the Fruity Nutty Five, we have awarded 24 Fruity Nutty Orchards in Milwaukee and planted hundreds of other fruit and nut trees, including those at Concordia Gardens.
Fruit and nut trees provide nutritious food, serve as a source of oxygen, protect against soil erosion, and keep neighborhoods cool in the summer. Planting trees strengthens relationships between neighbors, encouraging community. We hope that neighbors who grow fruit and nut trees will share their bounty! In fact, on any given block, there is often a need for two of any given type of fruit and nut tree in order to achieve cross-pollination. Fruit trees, like people we believe, need one another to thrive.
What if you could pick peaches from your backyard, and trade them for pears from your neighbor's yard? What if the vacant lot on your block was transformed into a vibrant, food producing orchard where neighborhood kids could pick fresh fruit all summer long?
Introducing the Fruity Nutty Five Contest! Each year, five neighborhoods win up to 30 fruit- and nut-producing plants for their community.
Show us why your neighborhood deserves to win, and your block could be home to a brand new orchard this spring. Plus, you'll get free admission to tree care classes!
WHAT: Rally your neighbors together (you'll need at least 10 of them) to win a community orchard! You can plant trees in public space, on private properties, or both. Each of the five winning neighborhoods will receive up to 30 fruit and nut producing plants. Yum! (PS: Two representatives from each applying group also get a free ticket to the Fruity Nutty Affair!)
WHERE: Your neighborhood! All trees must be planted within a 4-block radius. Get to know your neighbors by entering this contest, and you could be swapping peaches for pears next summer.
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HOW: DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION and ADDITIONAL RESOURCES PACKET You will need both the application and additional resource packet to put together your application! Printed copies may be picked up by request at our office. Email Kelly to request one or call: 414-431-0888.
Don't have land?
Since its inception in 2012, our Fruity Nutty 5 orchards have grown in many ways!
Would you like to be featured on this map next year? Apply for an orchard below!
THE 2017 FRUITY NUTTY FIVE CONTEST IS SPONSORED IN PART BY:
FRUITY NUTTY ORCHARDS CONTRIBUTE POLLINATOR FRIENDLY HABITATS TO:
Our friends at Five Points Neighborhood Association made this video about their Fruity Nutty 5 urban orchard! They are planning to expand their current orchard and gardening space to benefit their community even more.
Runner up: Walker's Point