Community Greening partners with cities to increase the tree canopy at public parks primarily in low income neighborhoods. Community Greening hosts volunteer planting events that introduce residents to our park system and educate people about the health benefits of being outside.
YOUTH TREE TEAM
The Youth Tree Team employs local youth to improve their neighborhood, to learn about green jobs, and to teach them to be good environmental stewards of the land. The teens get their first work experience by maintaining trees and public green spaces, conducting community outreach, and attending “green collar” enrichment activities.
Planting trees on school campuses to increase shade and provide cleaner air. A TD GreenStreets grant funded 100 trees to be planted in the retention area in front of SD Spady Elementary School. This year Community Greening will plant 50 trees at Poinciana Elementary School in Boynton Beach with a Community Revitalization grant from the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties.
URBAN ORCHARDS ARE A COLLECTION OF FRUIT TREES THAT PROVIDE FREE FOOD TO THE COMMUNITY USING A “YOU-PICK” POLICY. THESE ONCE NEGLECTED LOTS ARE NOW VIBRANT GREENSPACES THAT ADDRESS FOOD ACCESSIBILITY, HEALTHY EATING, AND ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP. THE FRUIT TREES WE PLANT IN URBAN ORCHARDS INCLUDE: AVOCADO, BREADFRUIT, CANISTEL, FIG, GUAVA, JACKFRUIT, JAMAICAN CHERRY, MAMEY, MANGO, MULBERRY, PERSIMMON, SAPODILLA, SAPOTE, STARFRUIT, AND SUGAR APPLE.
URban orchard locations:
Community grove at catherine strong park
1500 SW 6th St., Delray Beach, FL 33444
Food forest at henrietta bridge farm
1400 Henrietta Ave.,West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Urban orchard at sara sims park
209 NW 9th ave., Boynton Beach, FL 33435
COMMUNITY GREENING PLANTS FREE FRUIT AND NATIVE SHADE TREES AT PRIVATE HOMES IN NEIGHBORHOODS WITH LOW TREE CANOPY COVERAGE. ARBORISTS ON STAFF DO A SPECIES AND SITE SELECTION WITH THE HOMEOWNER, CALL BEFORE YOU DIG, AND TREE INSTALLATION. RESIDENTS RECEIVE A FREE 6’ – 10’ TREE THAT HAS A RETAIL VALUE OF $200 -$300. MANY RESIDENTS SAY THAT THEY WILL USE THE FRUIT TO GIVE TO THEIR CHILDREN AND SHARE WITH THEIR NEIGHBORS.
THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY RUNNING IN THE HEART OF BOYNTON WHICH is bounded by the C. Stanley Weaver (C-Canal) canal to the north, I-95 to the west, N.E. 3rd Avenue to the south and the FEC rail line to the east.
THIS PROGRAM IS FUNDED BY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR PALM BEACH AND MARION COUNTIES. With this grant we will plant 80 trees in the Heart of Boynton by September 2020, that will help continue our mission of increasing the tree canopy in the city of Boynton Beach, FL.
IF YOU OR ANYONE LIVES IN THE HEAR OF BOYNTON AND WOULD LIKE A TREE PLANTED IN YOUR YARD PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW.