Can You Dig It? A Fruit Orchard at Brook Run's Garden

Some 20 trees will be planted at the popular garden Nov. 9 after community organizers won a national promotion via Edy's Fruit Bars.

The Dunwoody Community Garden is about to become bigger – a lot bigger.

Councilman John Heneghan reports in his popular blog that at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 their will be a ceremony where the trees will be delivered by Edy’s Fruit Bars and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation.

The orchard was won by the Dunwoody Community Garden through a dedicated online campaign that showed the support of Dunwoody’s gardeners in the national Edy’s promotion.

The orchard will be extensive: 20 fruit trees and 15 berry bushes on the grounds surrounding the community garden. Organizers have selected apples, pears, plums, persimmon, pawpaw, pomengranate and more. 

The ceremony is the start of the hard work it will take to plant the orchard. Some has already been done, Heneghan said, and Handy Andy Outdoors has contributed equipment to dig holes.

Dignitares will attend the orchard launch, including county master gardeners, civic groups, the city council and, of course, the community garden folks that made it happen.

Karen Converse is one of the leaders in planting the orchard. She said, “DeKalb master gardeners are excited to be partnering with the Dunwoody Community Garden on this unique opportunity to grow an orchard using organic methods."

Our intention is to provide workshops and hands-on learning for community members who may be interested in growing organic fruit in their home Garden. We invite participants from the greater community to come and learn with us on planting day.”

If you’re real serious, volunteers wanting to work on the planting should arrive at 9:30 a.m.  You’ll need work gloves, scissors or trowel for separating roots and a shovel. Lunch will be provided in a refurbished barn on the property near the garden.

Every year, the community garden donates more than a ton of food to St. Patrick’s Food Pantry, across the street from Brook Run Park. The orchard will greatly expand the footprint and likely trhe reach of the garden.

James Tola October 30, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Congratulations Dunwoody Community Garden! St. Patrick's has appreciated each and every pound of food you provide and our clients at Malachi Storehouse will be positively impacted by the generous donations of fruit. Our youth and Malachi garden volunteers are so grateful for the relationship we have with DCG. This is awesome! James Tola Keller Williams Realty. Call if you would like to get involved in feeding families in our community through growing organic produce. 678.467.2222 or email me at jamesnolantola@gmail.com
Jason Massad October 31, 2012 at 03:56 AM
I'll look into this. This isn't reflected in the release and seems to be contradicted by the Tola Post. But I want to know where the orchard donations are headed. The garden is expanding.
Bob Lundsten November 01, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Make Mine A double knows not of what he speaks. The Community Garden at Brook Run, which I helped build in fact does continue to conrtribut to food pantries in the Community. The current Board decided to take the MIssion of Donating 20% of the beds to other projects after St. pats was able to develop thier own Community Garden on site. The mission of the Dunwoody Community Garden was never tied directly to St. Pats but to those in need in the Community. They continue to do good work and should be applauded for all the efforts to continue to grow the garden both for the members and those in need in Dunwoody. As my Grandmother use to say, "shame on you" for trying to tarnish what they do. Bob Lundsten Co Founder of the Dunwoody Community Garden
Rob November 01, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Mr. Lundsten, Make Mine A.D. and Dunwoodyworkignman are the same person, a spammer who was outted on another newspaper board that has since had to take their posting options down for the rest of us. Don`t waste your time replying!
Rob November 02, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Looks like the spammer retreated back into his hole. According to the other news board that has closed comments because of him, he also was the one who was running a twitter account @DunwoodyLeaks (that has been removed) belittling your hard work Mr. Lundston. Calling him out send him packing!


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