Growing an Education

by Caroline An

Students get an education in ecology by planting fruit trees

CLAREMONT - Take some fruit trees, add in rhythmic drum beats and groups of enthusiastic students, and you have a typical Fruit Tree Tour experience.

In its third year, the Fruit Tree Tour is a program sponsored by Common Vision, a nonprofit organization that focuses on ecological awareness. The Fruit Tree Tour is one of its major programs 30 volunteers spend three months on the road in buses and plant 1,000 fruit trees with students throughout the state.

"The tour has grown every year," said Blair Phillips, founder of Common Vision. "The first year, we visited five schools and planted 50 trees in Santa Cruz County."

Nearly 10,000 students have helped plant 1,500 trees in cities across the state.

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