This is a weekly film series that documents the planning, prepping, planting and growth of an Apple Orchard in a neighborhood in Detroit.
The goal of the orchard is to address public health and well-being through agriculture by establishing long-term access to affordable, fresh fruit. The opportunity of so much vacant land is the ability to plant enough trees to support the local elementary schools, families in the neighborhood and small corner stores within ½ mile radius, the typical walk-shed.
In her community many families rely on the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program which allots money for fresh fruit and vegetable, but there are few stores that sell these within walking distance. The Fair Food Network found 92% of SNAP vendors carry little or no fresh foods. This project will increase not just food security, but food sovereignty, a key component in improving public health systems.
The orchard will help to revitalize a struggling section of the neighborhood through eventual job creation and job training in both culinary and agricultural fields. In addition to providing local fruit, the orchard will beautify part of the neighborhood through the renovation of an abandoned building and introduction of vibrant, well-tended fruit beds, flowers and blossoming apple trees.
This film series is happening now. With the goal of releasing one film per week.