Cameron University is expanding the Community Garden by adding 10 fruit trees. In a nod to the university’s history, the site for the current Community Garden, which was initiated in April 2009, is near the location where an orchard stood in the 1930s. Fruit trees added are apple, peach, apricot, Santa Rosa plum, pear and cherry.
“Cameron’s Community Garden has become a highly popular activity for community members,” says Dr. Terry Conley, Dean of the School of Science and Technology. “Adding fruit trees to the site will enhance the landscape as well as serve to remind us that fresh fruit is a better choice for a snack than a candy bar.”
The peach trees should produce fruit in about two years, while the others will take three to five years to produce. The variety of fruits was selected so that once trees have matured and are producing fruit, there will be an on-going crop throughout the spring, summer and early fall.
“Cameron’s original orchard played a critical role during the Great Depression as students were employed to maintain the orchard and gardens, and the resulting fruit and produce was used to defray meal expenses,” says Conley. “That orchard was devastated by drought in the 1940s, and as far as we can tell, it has been almost 70 years since Cameron had a fruit orchard on campus. I can’t wait to see the fruit trees in bloom next year.”
November 23, 2015