CONTRA COSTA TIMES
By Chris Treadway
Trees are being planted by the city, urban agriculture groups and neighborhood associations at streetside and in public spaces around Richmond, providing not only a more pleasing appearance, but in many cases, a future source of fruit.
A new arrival to the city's business community will host a planting ceremony on Monday morning celebrating the establishment of an orchard of donated fruit trees at Washington Elementary School in Point Richmond.
The ceremony is hosted by Nutiva, a marketer of organic superfoods that relocated to Richmond from Southern California over the summer.
As part of the company's efforts to be involved in the community, Nutiva and its nonprofit group partner Common Vision made a pledge to plant orchards of 15 to 30 fruit trees at every school campus in the area.
The Washington School planting will be the first phase of that commitment, and organizers are treating the school to an assembly that will include an urban agriculture-themed puppet show by Big Tadoo Puppet Crew from Oakland and a demonstration on tree planting and care.
Washington students will then partner in small groups with personnel from event sponsors for the actual planting. Students will also get to participate in workshops on the benefits of urban agriculture and environmental stewardship to their community.
Crews from Nutiva and Common Vision will also prune, fertilize and do other tending of the newly planted trees during the day and install a drip irrigation system.
A second planting will be held at Levonya Dejean Middle School on Tuesday.