We recently started planting fruit trees to create what we're calling the SoundStone orchard. We hired Willie to bush hog the space that will be our future orchard. We have marked out the spacing and can't wait to get things planted later this fall.
We started by planting Five Pear trees at the entrance and are using money from a donation made by Jack Johnson, All At Once, and the Ohana Foundation to purchase more fruit trees. We have plans to plant 100 trees in the orchard including Pear, Peach, Plum, and Fig. We will also plant blackberry and raspberry rows as well! The 100 trees will produce approximately 17,500 lbs of fruit each year and will yield about 175,000 lbs of fruit in a 10 year span once they get established (That will be 350,000 pounds of food in 20 years!) Not to mention this industrial looking space void of vegetation will look much more beautiful with these flowering trees as we convert it to urban farmland!
As a side note we are also using this space for our composting site. We collect produce drops kitchen prep stations from 10 local restaurants diverting 1000lbs of waste each week and converting it to garden soil. We also collect spent coffee grounds from a coffee shop Frothy Monkey that adds to the compost mix.