Fruit and Nutty 5 Orchard
The Fruit and Nutty 5 Orchard has been planted on
two vacant lots, formerly designated as a flood zone by the
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District. Located north of
Parnell Avenue, straddling the creek at 112th Street, the site
will be open and available for harvest by the general public.
The Fruity Nutty Campaign 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. The establishment of this orchard reinstates
this property as a valued sustainable area.
The flood plain designation means that the
inherant location and elevation of the property
makes it prone to flooding during a storm event
exceeding the greatest severity of the last
The contest winners were awarded up to twenty-five trees of
apple, pear, plum, cherry, hazelnut, peach and apricot, along
with a crew of volunteers to help in the planting of each. The
event on April 16th, was attended by sixty-five people of
various ages and backgrounds from throughout the
Milwaukee area. To assure that there was uniformity in the
plantings, there was a short presentation by noted Arborist
identifying himself as 'Orchard Andy' Dimezza.
Andy was there to demonstrate the proper size of the hole to
be dug; the way to prepare the walls of the hole; the depth to
place the graft portion for best survival of the tree; and proper
filling and cover of the mulching on the ground around the site.
It was a most interesting procedure.
The volunteers grabbed there tools and planted all twenty-five
trees in the next 40-minutes. This was right on schedule for
the planned hour which included moving to the next location in
town for the second of the five orchards to be established that
Sounds like the work was over. No, it was just started. The
trees are quite young and they will not bare fruit for several
years. So the Environmental Commitee menbers attended a
secondary training to learn the proper way to care for the
young tree to assure their servival.
Watering and pruning will help the trees to grow not too big,
but mostly productive. Protection from the environment will
also be important. Many animals, large and small are
attracted to their fragile structure.
Our sincerest THANKS to the people at the Victory Garden
Initiative. We look forward to a long and enduring partnership
in our efforts to grow our own food fof generations to come.
Watch this important video (here) included in the Victory
Garden Initiative's Helpful Hints for an insight to what the
orchard will hopefully provide for the future and how it will be