Community focused pilot projects in Allegheny County, PA are underway!
HILLTOP URBAN FARM
Plant Five for Life in partnership with Hilltop Urban Farm and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and with the generous support of Arbor Day Foundation, Colcom Foundation and Three Rivers Community Foundation gave and planted over 200 fruit trees in 2018-2019 on the farm. Trees were matched to families in Allegheny County to celebrate their young children.
'JURASSIC VALLEY' NEWBORN PATH and HILLSIDE PROJECT
In autumn 2018, Plant Five for Life worked with Friends of South Side Park and Hilltop Alliance to plant 10 trees; the start of a restoration in Jurassic Valley within Southside Park, and in dedication to the new children of their community. This section of planting is the first segment of a path intended to wrap the rim of the valley and is envisioned to represent yearly progression and growth of community over time.
Plant Five will work with the community to obtain permits, assess the site, layout the trees, plant the trees, protect and maintain the trees following planting and to tell the story of the path. We will also outreach to parents and newborn community members and design an ongoing maintenance, care and engagement strategy. The Park Friends Group has already prepared the ground by removing a significant amount of invasive plants from the area, seeding with low cover and monitoring for emergent invasive plants.