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Trees for Homes
Trees for Homes
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59a Micklesons Road, Taihape, Rangitikei, NZ
06 388 0608
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

Jason Vlasak
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Trees for Homes

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Community, Philanthropic aid

Project Summary

A community orchard planted in home gardens. The aim is to empower communities to feed and care for each other by developing a long-term, resilient and diverse community food resource that can be shared.

Project Description

The key idea behind the programme is permaculture zones, with a focus on supporting people to develop the Zone 1-2 areas around their home for healthy food production. The ultimate goal is to promote the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share through ensuring communities are full of productive perennial food crops that they can use and are willing to share the surplus from.

Trees are planted with people so they can see permaculture techniques such as mulching and guilds, and so the tree gets a good start in life. Pruning workshops will also be held as the trees grow, giving people the skills to care for their own trees. Community connections are being made before any fruit is ready to harvest.

By gifting the trees, the seed of 'giftivism' is sown. And by offering trees to anyone who asks, the trees are planted in a diverse range of home gardens throughout the community. Some people find it hard to understand why trees are being given for planting on 'private' property, but I see the trees as a community resource, placed in the optimum location near the people who will care for and use them. A typical community orchard is often far from people's homes and only has a few people caring for it. The 'Trees for Homes' model ensures everyone cares for the trees and everyone recieves a fair share of the harvest - this is less likely to happen when trees are placed on public or communal land.

At this stage, the programme is being implemented in my local areas of Rangitikei - Manawatu. If resources became available, it could be extended to other areas of the country too.


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