Taos celebrated Arbor Day 2015 by transforming an asphalt parking lot into a thriving orchard at Parr Elementary School. The project was energized with strong community involvement, with leadership from Ben Wright and the Taos Heartwood Coalition and support from numerous local businesses and organizations, Taos Schools, and the Town of Taos. Volunteers planted 25 fruit trees, 13 pollinator shrubs, 10 clusters of Taos Gold Apricots, and cover crop, and installed a drip irrigation system. The NM State Forestry Releaf Grant and the Los Jardineros Grant provided financial backing for the project. The Orchard will be an important part of the schools’ curriculum, involving students in pruning and maintenance, and providing valuable hands-on ecological learning opportunities and stewardship experiences. Congratulations to everyone who made this exciting project possible! We can’t wait to see how the orchard grows.
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