It Takes a Village
Fallen Fruit have been collaborating over the past several months to create LA’s first Urban Fruit Trail. The Urban Fruit Trail is transforming the MacArthur Park neighborhood with over 150 fruit trees, combining both public and private planting opportunities. Once planted, the trees will be sustained, nurtured and harvested by the public. To read more about the project, click here.
The project got off to a great start, but recently, nearly all of the 28 fruit trees that were planted in and around LaFayette Park were damaged or completely destroyed. Instead of losing hope, everyone involved in the project rallied around and less than 48 hours later, all but two of the trees have been replanted or replaced. The outpouring of support from the community has been incredible. Thank you to our partners at LA City Rec and Parks and our friends at Aztecs Rising for helping to replant the trees in LaFayette Park. And a big thank you to Norm Langer of Langer’s Deli for his donation to help cover the cost of replacing the trees and for providing lunch for the kids and volunteers who just finished planting a dozen citrus trees in MacArthur Park.
Click on the links below to view additional news coverage of the project:
- Los Angeles Times, L.A. Youths Planting Plum Trees and More in Urban Fruit Trail Project and Newly Planted Fruit trees in MacArthur Park Uprooted
- Los Angeles Magazine, L.A.’s First Urban Fruit Trail Has Been Vandalized and Langer’s Deli Helps Save the Urban Fruit Trail
- CBS News, Digging In At MacArthur Park: Kids Replant After Vandals Uproot Dozens Of Fruit Trees and Vandals Destroy 30 Fruit Trees Planted By Underprivileged Kids In MacArthur Park
- FOX LA, Fallen Fruit Project: Planting Trees For An LA Community