Common Vision, the rural Northern California grassroots group whose bare-root road show has transformed hundreds of public school yards into urban orchards throughout the state, will bring its Emmy Award-winning theatrical tree-planting tour back to the Bay Area this week for the ninth year running.
This year, the all-volunteer army of modern-day Johnny Appleseeds is bringing back a bigger, better show than ever with the help of friends including Climbing Poetree, Sustainable Living Roadshow, the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew, Rock the Bike and Paul Freedman, better known around town as eco-rapper Fossil Fool.
Performances at each public school planting will be a true ‚ÄúGarden Variety‚Äù hour where puppets and poets take students on a whimsical whirlwind ride through realms of stewardship and sustainability. Students will even use pedal-power provided by Rock the Bike to generate the electricity to run the microphone for rapper Fossil Fool.
With flawless cadence and impeccable lyricism—the Climbing Poetree will weave their voices together to help students make the connection between the shared struggles and common solutions such as planting school orchards in urban food deserts.
During its ninth annual orchard-planting pilgrimage to the Bay Area, the tour will plant its 5000th fruit tree in California. Working in collaboration with Urban Tilth and the National Park Service, the Common Vision crew will close out this year‚Äôs tour by transforming Rosie the Riveter Memorial Park from a retired rail yard into a food forest foot path.
Fruit Tree Tour will plant and perform at Bay Area public schools including Castlemont High School, Tennyson High School, Park Day School, Cleo Gordon Elementary School and Richmond College Prep School.
In the nine years since the self-funded California grassroots group first set out its annual tour to transform barren schoolyards into urban orchards, it has picked up some significant sponsors along the way including Kashi, Organic Valley, Nutiva, Netafim, Forever Flowering Greenhouses, Vital Landscaping, Biodiversity and more.