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Public Fruit Tree Adoption (The Endless Orchard) at the Feldheym Central Library

What if instead of going to the grocery store for an apple, you just walked outside your door?

We’ll create a real living fruit orchard planted by the public, for the public – a movement of citizens transforming their own neighborhoods. Neighbors adopt fruit trees and plant them on their property, next to the sidewalk to share with the community. 

This free event will take place in the lobby of the Feldheym Central Library, 555 W. 6th Street from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 12. 2018.

Participants sign an adoption form, agreeing to care for and share the fruit tree. Trees are mapped on the San Bernardino Endless Orchard Map - where anyone can map, plant and share fruit. The anchor of this map will be 12 trees planted on the grounds of the Garcia Center for the Arts.

Participants will attend a planting how-to and fruit care clinic before receiving their adopted trees.

You can apply to adopt a tree if:

  • You have a home, business, or community center in San Bernardino. Preference will be given to our neighbors in the Inland Empire basin.

  • The tree will be accessible to neighbors and passersby – placed on your property, in the front of your yard right next to the sidewalk.

  • You agree to water and care for the tree for the first three years.

  • You are willing to share the bounty! Your tree will be part of the Endless Orchard map, which shares the locations of public fruit trees throughout the city.

Fallen Fruit San Bernardino was made possible by grant funding from the California Arts Council, the San Bernardino Fine Arts Commission, and SoCalGas

Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young. Since 2013, David and Austin have continued the collaborative work. Fallen Fruit began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles. The collaboration has expanded to include serialized public projects and site-specific installations and happenings in various cities around the world, and will now include San Bernardino! By always working with fruit as a material or media, the catalogue of projects and works reimagine public interactions with the margins of urban space, systems of community and narrative real-time experience. Fallen Fruit’s visual work includes an ongoing series of narrative photographs, wallpapers, everyday objects and video works that explore the social and political implications of our relationship to fruit and the world around us. Contact David and Austin at info@fallenfruit.org with any questions. For more information visit www.fallenfruit.org  or call the library at 909-381-8235

About The San Bernardino Public Library           

The San Bernardino Public Library is governed by an autonomous administrative Library Board of Trustees as provided by Section 602 of the Charter of the City of San Bernardino. Library services are provided at four sites: Norman F. Feldheym Central Library, Paul Villaseñor Library, Dorothy Inghram Library, and Howard Rowe Library. In addition to www.sbpl.org, patrons are encouraged to follow the library on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sbcitylib and Twitter at https://twitter.com/sbcitylibrary.