Get your orchard growing with a grow-it-yourself tree sale (and support the Atlanta Local Food Initiative!)

Let the 2010 Atlanta plant sales begin! This is the earliest Atlanta plant sale that I’ve heard of so far this year and we have the Atlanta Community Food Bank to thank for kicking off the gardening season’s “opening ceremony.”

Experts will be on hand at the plant and tree sale to answer any questions you may have and to help you learn the basics of planting, pruning and caring for your fruit trees, berries and vines.

Not sure how to to go about planting and caring for an edible tree? After the sale, join Robby Astrove of Trees Atlanta for a Community Orchard Planting in East Atlanta. Here’s a snippet from the Georgia Organics website:

As a follow up to the Incredible Edible Fruit Tree Sale, join Georgia Organics and Trees Atlanta for a “serve and learn” at Burgess Peterson Academy (map it!). Come to learn more about farm to school efforts at Atlanta Public Schools and then get down and dirty while learning about proper tree planting and care. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Click here for more information and to register for this free gardening workshop!

If you’re on the fence about whether to plant edible trees and bushes (or your ability to keep them thriving, a big concern of some people’s!), Farmer D Organics can help you out with a Fruiting Tree and Berry Workshop on Janaury 19, 2010, before the sale. The class is 1 to 3 p.m. at the Briarcliff Road location. $10 per person.

And when harvest rolls around and you have more fruit than you know what to do with, check out Concrete Jungle – an organization dedicated to gathering unused fruit from residential yards around metro Atlanta and north Georgia and donating it to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Funny how things come full circle!

Fruit tree and berry bush plant sale by the Atlanta Community Food Bank to benefit the Atlanta Slow Food Movement!

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