I had contacted Concrete Jungle to help us when we first harvested the pear tree in my city whose fruit went to waste every single year before that. We harvested about 600 pounds of fruit in less than a hour that year and the next, and this current year, a group named Dad's Bucket List took it over and considered their outing (which included the children in the group delivering the fruit to the local food pantry recipients themselves) their favorite of the year.
Robby thinks planting fruit trees just makes sense, and cents. Well, actually dollars, as in dollars of benefits in both positive economic and environmental impacts as well as health enhancements. Fruit is expensive to buy, yet one tree can produce tons of fruit over many years for what amounts to about a $20 investment. Plus, fruit trees provide energy-efficient cooling, they reduce stormwater runoff and erosion, they help clean the air, they provide critical nutrients and help combat obesity, and they are beautiful. By planting the right fruit tree in the right place (this is important, and is why hiring an expert like Robby is a good idea), you reap these benefits while reducing concerns regarding pests, mess, or waste.
But this all does beg the question: why are there no plans for publicly-accessible edibles on the Atlanta BeltLine , with the exception of the robust remains of scrappy little BeltLine Minty ? That still perplexes me.
eclectic food-for-thought for a changing world