This week, DC saw that a great partnership can literally bear fruit.
Since 2017, vitafusion Gummy Vitamins and The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation have joined in an eco-initiative to plant hundreds of thousands of fruit trees in areas around the world that need them most. The goal was to plant 200,000 by 2020, and with just weeks until the end of the year, plantings at community events around the District are helping to meet the challenge.
At the Washington Youth Garden at the United States National Arboretum, the vitafusion Fruit Tree Project planted 18 fruit trees and plants in an orchard that will add to the fresh produce the garden provides to the community, either through programs on-site or at schools, or through their donations to hunger relief organizations. The orchard has over 4,000 students visit each year, and will enhance educational programming.
At The Farm at Kelly Miller Middle School (Washington DC Parks and Rec) Dreaming Out Loud joined the project to plant 16 trees. This orchard will allow the farm to provide more fresh produce to their community via u-picks and educational programming. It’s especially important since this ward has a population of more than 70,000 residents and only two grocery stores.
These 34 fruit trees, along with all others planted, are estimated to generate 28 million pieces of fruit, 33 million pounds of oxygen, and eliminate 40 million pounds of CO2 from the air each year.