Orchard Planting Day at University of Iowa

Orchard Planting Day at University of Iowa


Students, University staff, and community
members were hard at work Friday and Saturday as they planted a new orchard. What was once
parceled land is now an orchard home to 39 young fruit and nut tree species. The trees
will start to bear fruit in about 4 to 5 years. University of Iowa gardeners and landscape
services received a grant for $1500 from the state of Iowa Department of Natural Resources
to plant the orchard. Many of the UI students agreed that the orchard would not be possible
without the hand of Andy Dahl. I would like for this to be a learning lab so we can actually
teach people; we may have a pruning day, or as we add more trees, they can learn how to
plant the trees, how to care for them so they can do it at home. In my opinion, the University
of Iowa shouldn’t be all about business or medicine. We have a responsibility to teach
people a wide variety of topics. Some of those are planting trees. A lot of kids that are
coming up in 2013 and growing up now don’t have the exposure to fresh food that’s just
picked off the vine. It might be in the grocery store, but how do they know it doesn’t grow
in the grocery store? You know, it comes from the land. I think it’s important to keep that
as part of the community. Everything that is harvested is sold to the Iowa Memorial
Union and Berge residence halls. Dahl mentioned that historic apples, like the Sir Isaac Newton
and the original Hawkeye Delicious, have also been grafted, and would like to see those
varieties incorporated into the orchards expansion.

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