Boston Tree Party

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The Boston Tree Party is a collaborative campaign to plant 100 pairs of heirloom apple trees in publicly used spaces across Greater Boston. The tree plantings will take place in partnership with a diverse range of institutions, organizations, businesses, and communities. As an urban agriculture project, the campaign will create vital gathering places, build community connections, and improve community health. As a conceptual art project, the Boston Tree Party engages with metaphor and symbolism, and playfully reimagines patriotic and political language, imagery, and forms of association. Like the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Tree Party is a symbolic political act. The project takes a stand for universal access to fresh, healthy food; for greening our cities; cleaning our air and waterways; reducing our city’s carbon footprint; creating habitat for urban wildlife; and for protecting the biodiversity and heritage of our food. Collectively, the 200 apple trees will become a decentralized public urban orchard that crosses social, economic, political, and geographic boundaries.

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Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness Boston Natural Areas Network City Sprouts Groundwork Somerville Northeast Organic Farming Association/Mass YouthBuild Boston Endorsed By: Artists in Context The Boston University Center for Energy and Environmental Studies The Boston Youth Environmental Network Charles River Conservancy Chefs Collaborative Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition The Food Project The Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School The RAFT Alliance (Restoring America's Food Traditions) Red Tomato Shape Up Somerville Sustainable Business Network of Boston Slow Food Boston The Tufts Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy Department The Urban Homesteaders' League

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Make a stand for community and environmental health by planting a pair of heirloom apple trees at your school, business, place of worship, place of work, or community center! These trees will beautify your space, improve its air and soil quality, provide bushels of delicious apples, and create an engaging community gathering space. These trees will live a long time, and you will make a positive contribution to the next generation. By becoming a Tree Planting Delegation, you will join a diverse city-wide coalition that is organizing in support of Civic Fruit! We call for planting fruit trees in civic space, and we promote the fruits of civic engagement. For more information, please visit our website: