With the support of the Metro Detroit community, a local orchard and Detroit-based food rescue organization are putting a new twist on an old cliché – an apple a day keeps the hunger away.
Forgotten Harvest, in partnership with Blake Farms, has developed the Plant a Tree for Hunger program, through which 250 apple trees will be planted in the first “Orchard of Hope” on the grounds of Blake’s Big Apple in Armada.
The Orchard of Hope, made possible by a one-acre donation of land from Blake's, is expected to produce thousands of pounds of apples that will be used to feed children and families in Metro Detroit.
“We are extremely grateful for this gift of land to plant the trees from the Blake family,” said Susan Goodell, president and CEO of Forgotten Harvest, in a prepared statement. “Their generosity opens up a new world of food sourcing for us, and wonderful opportunity to create a lasting legacy for those in need, make a tribute on special occasions or dedicate a memorial for friends, loved ones and family members.”
In the program’s first year, 250 trees, featuring four varieties of apples, will be planted and harvested at Blake’s. The one-acre orchard is eventually expected to yield 700 bushels of apples, or 31,000 pounds, every year.
“Our family has been blessed to be a part of the metro Detroit community for over 60 years,” Paul Blake, representative for the Blake family, in a prepared statement. “We felt the donation of land was a wonderful way to show our appreciation to the community for their support of our business.”
Community members can also support the orchard and its mission by purchasing one of three tree sponsorships:
- $1,000 Donation: Plant, maintain and harvest a tree for the life of the program or up to 25 years in the Forgotten Harvest Orchard of Hope
- $500 Donation: Plant, maintain and harvest a tree for a minimum of 10 years in the Forgotten Harvest Orchard of Hope
- $250 Donation: Plant a tree in the Forgotten Harvest Orchard of Hope
Tree sponsorships can also be purchased for memorials and tribute gifts for special occasions such as birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, or as a part of a school or church fund-raiser.
Learn more about Forgotten Harvest and how you can help drive hunger from our community at www.forgottenharvest.org.