Tree Tender

Little Orchards. Big Impact.

Mission

The Giv­ing Grove’s mis­sion is to pro­vide healthy calo­ries, strength­en com­mu­ni­ty, and improve the urban envi­ron­ment through a nation­wide net­work of sus­tain­able lit­tle orchards.

Why Orchards?

Through our part­ner­ship with The Giv­ing Grove, Tree Pitts­burgh will sup­port new and exist­ing fruit orchards in our ReLeaf neigh­bor­hoods and oth­er tar­get­ed com­mu­ni­ties. This pro­gram is strate­gic to our goal to sup­port com­mu­ni­ty-led urban forestry activ­i­ties and education.

What is The Giving Grove?

The Giv­ing Grove sup­ports neigh­bor­hood vol­un­teers in plant­i­ng and car­ing for fruit trees, nut trees, and berry bram­bles that improve the urban envi­ron­ment, increase tree canopy and pro­vide a sus­tain­able source of free, organ­i­cal­ly-grown food for neigh­bor­hoods fac­ing high rates of food insecurity.

Get Involved

To get in touch with Kim­ber­ly Brack­en, Giv­ing Grove Pro­gram Man­ag­er, email kimberly@treepittsburgh.org.

For upcom­ing work­shops, vis­it our events cal­en­dar.

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About The Giving Grove

The Giv­ing Grove is a nation­al 501c3 orga­ni­za­tion that is pas­sion­ate about the mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits of urban com­mu­ni­ty orchards to pro­mote food access and sov­er­eign­ty, address envi­ron­men­tal inequities, and serve as a green­space for com­mu­ni­ty con­nec­tion. By sup­port­ing neigh­bor­hoods that are excit­ed about fruit trees and are locat­ed in areas vul­ner­a­ble to envi­ron­men­tal changes and health inequities, the pro­gram is designed to work side-by-side with res­i­dent lead­ers. Ser­vices include pro­vi­sion of dis­ease-resis­tant trees, main­te­nance tools, holis­tic orchard­ing sup­plies, site vis­its, and work­shops. This allows res­i­dent lead­ers, who serve as orchard stew­ards, to learn to care for their own lit­tle orchards, which become com­mu­ni­ty assets.

After five years of suc­cess­ful pro­gram­ming in Kansas City, Mis­souri, The Giv­ing Grove began a nation­al action-aligned affil­i­ate net­work in 2017. With a goal of grow­ing a strong, sus­tain­able net­work of orchard pro­grams across the Unit­ed States who share their exper­tise and best prac­tices, The Giv­ing Grove has steadi­ly brought inno­v­a­tive orga­ni­za­tions like Tree Pitts­burgh into the fold. The Giv­ing Grove pro­vides tech­ni­cal and finan­cial sup­port for pro­gram starts and expan­sions. It also offers an ongo­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty for part­ner orga­ni­za­tions to learn and grow togeth­er in a net­work com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing neigh­bor­hood vital­i­ty and healthy urban environments.

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