The Manchester Fruit Tree Project
Tree Pittsburgh is excited to partner with Manchester Academic Charter School (MACS) and the Drew Mathieson Center for Horticultural & Agricultural Technology (DMC) at Manchester Bidwell Corporation to implement a small fruit tree orchard in Manchester. This project roots from Tree Pittsburgh, Manchester residents, and additional stakeholders working to create the ReLeaf Manchester and Chateau plan. Not only will this project play a small role in increasing tree canopy cover in Manchester, but it will also provide a project-based learning environment for MACS students and increase the food capcity in Manchester. The Manchester Fruit Tree Project will integrate with MACS’ Airplane Garden, providing an opportune environment to educate students and Manchester residents about urban fruit tree orchards. Eight trees of three different species — pawpaw, serviceberry, and Asian pear — will be planted on Earth Day, April 22, 2016.
MACS is a foundational part of the Manchester community. They strive to foster the dreams of all children by providing an outstanding and dynamic education in a nurturing environment, wih an emphasis on extra-curricular enrichment, hands-on learning, and community involvement. The DMC is one of Western Pennsylvania’s premier educational greenhouses. They are located on the Manchester Bidwell Corporation campus and provide a home to Bidwell Training Center’s horticulture technology major. In addition to wholesale plant sales, the DMC’s unique nonprofit operating model includes youth educational programming and community engagements to inspire and expand urban sustainabile agriculture and environmental outreach throughout the region. Tree Pittsburgh, MACS, and the DMC are excited for the great potential this project has, and are thankful for the support from the Manchester Citizens Corporation, Manchester Tree Tenders, and the Manchester Greening Group.
This project is one of Pittsburgh’s innovative community initiatives supported in part by a Seed Award from the Sprout Fund. Sproud Seed Awards are modest financial awards ($500-$10,000) that provide critical financial support for projects and programs in the early stages of development — when just a small amount of investment has the potential to yield big results in the community.
Please contact Rachel King with any questions or to get involved.