2012: Apple Tree Interfaith Year!


Art by Erik Baard

Season’s Greetings,
All Ye New  York  City
Pippins!
Dear Friends, Supporters and especially Volunteers,
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Thank you for being so kind, encouraging and helpful to my work, especially the Newtown Pippin Restoration and Celebration. As a volunteer relying on other volunteers, I can truly call this a labor of love. An archaic meaning for pippin worth reviving is “an admirable person.” Just as a pippin apple is cherished as a rare lucky strike — a chance seedling that grows to bear gourmet fruit — so should we hold dear the admirable and generous people among us. I’m grateful to have you in my life.
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2012 will be the Interfaith Year for the Newtown Pippin Restoration and Celebration. We expect to plant our 1,000nth urban fruit tree! We’ll work with our sponsors and the Interfaith Center of New York to plant heirloom and ancestral apple trees, and sometimes other fruit trees, with the congregations of houses of worship throughout the five boroughs. These trees, many of which will be grown on sacred grounds, will provide food to those in need for generations to come. In this age of worries, may these trees grow in earshot of harmonizing spiritual teachings to reassure us of our world’s natural state of plenty and remind us that our highest ideals are gratitude and generosity.
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We also have plenty of additional surprises and fun volunteer opportunities coming up!
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2011, our third year, was a year of enormous achievements for this project — in some ways beyond my dreams. Thanks to a new MillionTreesNYC banner sponsorship from New York Restoration Project, we planted hundreds more apple trees with schools, community groups and other partners throughout NYC.
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We established an unprecedented public orchard with the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation within walking distance of East Harlem, the South Bronx and western Queens. These 99 trees are a world heritage of fabled heirlooms and 12 varieties of ancestral Malus sieversii apples from the ancient Kazakh forest where the species began (media coverage linked below). For this growing gift, a global first, we’re also grateful to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Kazakh Mission to the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, Cornell University and Cummins Nursery.
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Other sponsors and partners to whom we’re thankful include NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Zipcar, Green Apple Cleaners, Slow Food NYC, Bloomberg Inc., Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation (East Harlem), I LOVE NY, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Bronx Green Up, Red Jacket Orchards, Greening Queens Library and Federation Employment and Guidance Services. A special thanks to individual sponsor Nadine Chandy.
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I also took groups of Hour Children kids to two orchards (photos liked below).
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And with that, I raise a Newtown Pippin to 2011 and eagerly anticipate the fruits of 2012!
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Again, thank you!
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Warm regards,
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Erik

Trees Available This Weekend and Next Week!

 

We have apple trees ready this weekend and next week! Both Newtown Pippins and Kazakh ancestral trees! Pictured here are a few varieties of Malus sieversii chosen for taste, size and natural disease resistance. This endangered species was grafted from the ancient Kazakh apple forest and made available to the public through us by the USDA.

Our great thanks to NYRP for sponsoring them at a discounted rate from Cummins Nursery. Drop a note to Erik Baard (erikbaard a*t gmail d*t com)  if you want them for a public space.

Last Call for Spring Trees! April 30 in the Bronx!

Come adopt an apple tree for your school, community garden, house of worship, civic group, hospital, or other public space on Saturday, April 30!

This event, hosted by the Waterbury LaSalle Community Association, is part of the MillionTreesNYC program. We’ll offer 30 apple trees (Newtown Pippins and choice varieties to serve as pollinators and great eating in their own right) for adoption, thanks to a sponsorship from New York Restoration Project.

Transportation of the trees to the site courtesy of Zipcar, Green Apple Cleaners, and Flux Factory.

Saturday April 30, 2011 (Rain or Shine)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
First Lutheran Church of Throgs Neck
Bailsley Ave and Hollywood Ave
Bronx, NY

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Some trees will also go in backyards as a family legacy for years to come. Because backyard trees are mostly going to be alone, please plan to eventually bud graft your tree for pollination, or you won’t get fruit.

For tree planting and early care instructions from Cummins Nursery, our supplier who provides a generous discount, CLICK HERE.

For bud grafting instructions from the University of Minnesota Extension program, CLICK HERE.

Randall’s Island Park Orchard Expanded!

Budding sapling in the Randall's Island Park public orchard.

The Randall’s Island Sports Foundation expanded the public apple orchard we planted with it last year. Earlier this month we returned to plant 10 saplings with RISF staff lead by horticulture manager Phyllis Odessey, volunteers from Bloomberg LP and students from PS 182 in East Harlem. We planted eight kid-pleasing honeycrisps and two more heirloom Newtown Pippins.

Bloomberg employees and PS 182 students plant apple saplings in Randall's Island Park.

Already on the island are nearly forty saplings of varieties including Newtown Pippin, Redfree, Jonathon, St. Edmund’s Russet, Elstar, and Jonathon.

April 30: Bronx Apple Tree Giveaway!

Thanks to a sponsorship from New York Restoration Project, we will be giving away 30 apple trees in the Bronx on Saturday, April 30. Though the standard tree giveaway program is focused on private homeowners, our added element of apple trees is especially intended for public spaces like schools, civic groups, houses of worship, libraries, hospitals and community gardens. Please spread the word!

4/30/2011 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Waterbury LaSalle Community Association Tree Giveaway
 (Sponsor: JetBlue)

Waterbury LaSalle Community Association Tree Giveaway
April 30, noon – 2:00 p.m.
First Lutheran Church of Throgs Neck
Baisley Ave and Hollywood Ave, Bronx

Map and more information HERE.

April 23: Bedford-Stuyvesant Apple Tree Giveaway!

Come adopt an apple tree for your school, community garden, house of worship, civic group, hospital, or other public space on Saturday, April 23!

This event, hosted by the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, is part of the MillionTreesNYC program. We’ll offer 30 apple trees (Newtown Pippins and choice varieties to serve as pollinators and great eating in their own right) for adoption, thanks to a sponsorship from New York Restoration Project.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Some trees will also go in backyards as a family legacy for years to come. Because backyard trees are mostly going to be alone, please plan to eventually bud graft your tree for pollination, or you won’t get fruit.

For tree planting and early care instructions from Cummins Nursery, our supplier who provides a generous discount, CLICK HERE.

For bud grafting instructions from the University of Minnesota Extension program, CLICK HERE.

Apple Tree Giveaway Dates!

GREAT NEWS! New York Restoration Project is sponsoring the Newtown Pippin Restoration and Celebration in 2011!

If you want apple saplings for your school, house of worship, community garden, civic group, other public spaces, or even home, please come to our tree giveaways on 4/16 (Bowne House, Queens), 4/23 (Bed Stuy Restoration Corp, Brooklyn), or 4/30 (Waterbury LaSalle Community Association, Bronx).

For more information, see the NYRP calendar.

(Supplies are limited. First come, first served.)