It all started with a simple grant proposal by ecovillager Suellyn Shupe at Enright Ridge Urban Eco-Village in Price Hill to the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT), a national organization dedicated to improving the environment in cities and metropolitan areas.
The ACT’s People’s Garden Grant, according to its website, “promotes the connection between trees and community agriculture by supporting the planting of shade trees to shelter and protect community gardens and fruit and nut trees to serve local residents.”
“I received the information about the grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources,” Shupe says. “I read what it was about and realized it fit our program so well.”
In collaboration with Imago and the Civic Garden Center, Enright Ridge’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project, thanks to the grant, has begun to carry out plans for the first time ever to add orchard gardens around their greenhouse and Terry Street Community Garden, which grows vegetables for CSA.
The CSA’s objectives for the orchard are to increase the availability of locally grown food, experiment with a diversity of native and naturalized perennial food sources and to collaborate with Imago to educate CSA members and community volunteers.
The orchard will consist of fruit-bearing shrubs, fruit trees and nut trees. During the next few years, CSA members will be able to harvest papaws, American persimmons, elderberries, hazelnuts, peaches, plums and black currents. 700 Enright Ave., Price Hill. 513-921-5124, enrightecovillage.org.