New Bedford City Fruit promotes food security through maintaining historical connections with the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community, and encourage a healthy climate.
The Southeastern MA Food Security Network (SMFSN) has started a new initiative, New Bedford City Fruit, in partnership with Massachusetts State Representative Bill Straus, the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, New Bedford’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Beaches, and Department of Public Infrastructure.
Goals for the program’s first year include mapping and identifying accessible public urban fruit infrastructure and orchards growing fruit, along with outreach to document the many private urban fruit resources, food culture stories, and agricultural traditions by interviewing local New Bedford area residents.
The city’s fruit infrastructure data and mapping will be available for residents, along with educational resources focused on growing healthy fruit, and will help provide assistance with harvesting public and private trees to promote the sharing of extra fruit.
Fruit donated from the efforts of the New Bedford City Fruit initiative will help to build up the city’s food security efforts, by being donated to local New Bedford food pantries.
The program will also host a yearly community harvest event to connect residents who take part in being interviewed or donating fruit, along with volunteers and others involved.
“The New Bedford City Fruit program will help towards building city-wide, food security infrastructure, support nutritionally important food systems, and strengthen community ties.”
Have fruit trees in your yard or neighborhood?
New Bedford residents are encouraged to contact the New Bedford City Fruit Community Outreach Assistant, John Callahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 508 817-1711.