The Boston Tea Party meets urban agriculture

Think “strict constitutionalists” have control of the Boston Tea Party as metaphor? Not so fast… sustainable food activists in Boston itself are latching on to this seminal act of American revolt to “catalyze a movement” around urban agriculture, fresh food access, and green space creation this Spring.

Dubbed the Boston Tree Party, artist Lisa Gross and colleagues are spearheading efforts “…to plant 100 pairs of heirloom apple trees in publicly used spaces throughout Greater Boston…” While this sounds like a relatively simple action, the Tree Party group sees its efforts to gather community groups together in this effort as “a symbolic political act”:

The project takes a stand for universal access to fresh, healthy food; for greening our cities; cleaning our air and waterways; reducing our city’s carbon footprint; creating habitat for urban wildlife; and for protecting the biodiversity and heritage of our food. Collectively, the 200 apple trees will become a decentralized public urban orchard that crosses social, economic, political, and geographic boundaries.

Beginning in April, participating groups will begin the planting; an “Apple Corps” of young people will be trained in organic tree care and horticulture to maintain the trees. Events surrounding the planting, including an Inauguration and Convention, will riff on the city’s revolutionary history. The trees themselves are a part of the historic symbolism — Boston has a long history of apple cultivation — as well as representative of the community spirit embodied in the project: just as the trees themselves must grow in pairs, the Boston Tree Party hope to highlight a spirit of interdependence.

Sound like something you might be interested in supporting? The organization’s site has tons of information and ideas… Let us know if you’ll be participating.

via, and @thegoodhuman


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