As promised at the December 11th Urban Orchard Workshop, Phil Forsyth from Philadelphia Orchard Project sent along his favorite urban orchard trees, and a bonus!
My list of top urban orchard trees (for ease of care, production, and deliciousness):
1. Figs (may require some protection from winter cold) 2. Persimmons (Asian or hardier 'Nikita's Gift' hybrid) 3. Asian Pears 4. Cherries (yellow-fruited sweet cherries, pie cherries, nanking cherries, and bush cherries) 5. Mulberries (especially 'Illinois Everbearing') 6. Juneberries (Amelanchier)
As a bonus, my list of top orchard books:
1. Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control, Ellis & Bradley 2. The Pruning Book, Lee Reich 3. Creating a Forest Garden, Martin Crawford 4. Landscaping with Fruit, Lee Reich 5. The Backyard Orchardist, Stella Otto
This Meetup is for people growing food in NYC who want to meet and learn from other NYC farmers. Throughout the city, people are growing food in community gardens, urban farms, back and front yards, window sills, rooftops, and every pocket of space we can find. Let's learn from one another and help to grow more food in NYC!
Through this meetup group, you can:
*Post your questions and comments on this group's Message Board (see menu to the left).
*Attend a meetup! See below for upcoming City Farming meetups, workshops, events, tours, garden work days, and more.
*Host a meetup at your urban farm or community garden! Please suggest a time and location to one of the organizers. Let's get growing!
*Check out the resources in this group's Files page (see menu to the left).
*Add your favorite city farming links to the "Helpful Links for City Farming" page under the "About" tab to the left.
*Find out more about the Just Food City Farms program here: www.justfood.org/cityfarms