Ruth and Justin, the coordinators of the Freeway Estates Community Orchard (FECO), wrote to invite the neighborhood to their 4th annual cider press, which is also a celebration of FECO’s receipt of a Large Grant from the Department of Neighborhoods.
The little orchard that could is ready to move into the next phase of its development with this grant, and has a vision for turning the orchard into a welcoming space for the community. Already, they’ve been engaging the next generation of gardeners with a partnership with McDonald elementary, teaching volunteers new skills like plant propagation, and planting to attract beneficial insects and pollinators. There is some big heart in that little orchard!
Bring a mug, bring apples to donate if you have any, and bring your crank-turning muscles! Here’s the official invite:
Freeway Estates Community Orchard 4th Annual Cider Fest Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. 6th Ave NE, just two blocks south of NE 65th St. Activities for all! Help us celebrate our receipt of a Large Grant from the Department of Neighborhoods. We appreciate all apple donations since our young trees are just starting to produce. Please note, we will not be able to press apples for individuals.