California’s Fruit Tree Tour hits the road again this fall on a seasonal two-week tree-planting pilgrimage that will take the Common Vision crew and its all-volunteer modern-day Johnny Appleseeds to plant new school orchards in five Northern California cities.
The tour’s bio-fueled fleet and solar-powered stage will visit Grass Valley and Nevada City this week, with stops also planned for Richmond, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Carmichael, and Nevada City from Sept. 17 – Oct. 4.
This week’s tour will includes performance and planting stops at Grass Valley Charter from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Nevada City Charter School of the Arts on Friday.
After almost a decade on the road, the Common Vision crew will cross a major milestone on this fall’s tour, planting its 5,000th fruit tree at California public schools and community centers. Since first setting out, the tour has planted left a wake of over 200 orchard oases in food deserts throughout the state. Fruit Tree Tour has worked with more than 85,000 students in over 100 California cities.
The Common Vision caravan travels with an assortment of fruit trees selected for compatibility with each school’s local climate and soils. This fall’s tour will feature around 50 prized heirloom varieties of apples, cherries, figs, lemons, limes, oranges, pears, persimmons, plums, pomegranates and tangerines.
In a day-long planting and performance program that earned the group an Emmy Award, Common Vision teaches California students about the importance of good nutrition and local food security.
This fall’s Fruit Tree Tour welcomes the return of the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew, an Oakland-based theater troupe that performs environmentally conscious puppet shows for kids.