Our Mission

     Lawrence Fruit Tree Project provides a community-based solution to the growing need for access to healthy food. We  educate, assist, and inspire the public to grow, steward, and utilize perennial food plants. Our aim is to build community, increase local food security, and create direct, lasting bonds between people and their urban environment.
 Here is what we do. . .

  • Lawrence Community Orchard

Lawrence Community Orchard is a “Free Food Park”, where anyone can pick ripe fruit. Lawrence Community Orchard(LCO) was established in the winter of 2011/2012. The land was made accessible by the City of Lawrence urban agriculture land leasing program, Common Ground. Implementation and maintenance has been possible only through the hard work of many dedicated volunteers.

The purpose of LCO is to;

  • Demonstrate the efficacy of food production in public spaces utilizing perennial plants.
  • Showcase less-maintenance tree crops suitable for northeast Kansas.
  • Be a hands-on learning environment for organic orcharding.
  • Produce free, healthful food for the community.
  • Provide meaningful opportunities for neighborhood involvement.
  • Act as a replicable model for future community orchards in Lawrence.

LCO occupies 1/3 acre in the Burrows Creek corridor of East Lawrence. It is currently planted with 77 individual productive woody plants composed of  23 species. It also includes a fruit tree nursery, a timber frame kiosk, a rustic supply shed and botanical identification signs. It features many aspects of a food forest design with nitrogen fixing species and a layered productive canopy.

  • Community Partner Program

LFTP collaborates with community groups to create community orchards in their neighborhoods. LFTP provides orchard design, event organizing, and training in orchard care. The community partner is responsible for ongoing care of the orchard and distribution of the harvest.

  • LFTP Website

The LFTP website provides useful resources for the aspiring orchardist. You’ll find information ranging from native fruit plants to growing figs in Kansas.

  • Workshops

LFTP Offers workshops such as botany for beginners, pruning, tree variety selection, grafting, and harvesting.

  • Policy

LFTP promotes policies that support urban agriculture and public productive plants.

  • Fruit Tree Propagation

LFTP propagates fruit trees to make rare, locally adapted, best quality trees available for LFTP projects.

3-30-2013 Workday - Assembling the shed
3-30-2013 Workday – Assembling the shed

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