CS36 – The Giving Grove: Inspiring Community Orchards Across America
June 21, 2023 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Little orchards. Big impact. Will your city be next in joining this food sovereignty movement? The purpose of the Giving Grove’s work is to inspire and excite neighborhoods about growing food by way of fruits, berries, and nuts. Since the Kansas City nonprofit started planting gardens and orchards in 2013, its footprint has expanded to almost 400 orchards in 10 cities, and this network of cities is growing rapidly.
Beyond providing fresh food to the communities they serve, Giving Grove’s orchards have also cultivated a network of community stewards—volunteers who take ownership of the orchard installation, orchard maintenance and neighborhood engagement, particularly during harvest season. Stewards not only invest in their neighborhoods, they also participate in life-long horticulture education, learning how to orchard holistically and organically. This grassroots-inspired idea is now being replicated in cities across America. Join Rob Reiman as he describes:
- A brief history of the program.
- Important nuances in getting a neighborhoods’ involvement.
- The benefits of a multi-city network in creating innovation.
- The impact this program is having on health, equity, and strengthening of community—all while beautifying disinvested neighborhoods.
Rob is a devoted environmentalist and serves as the Director for The Kansas City Community Gardens- Giving Grove program (https://KCCG.org/giving-grove/). He retired from Deloitte Consulting after nearly 30 years of consulting services that revolved around transforming legacy-based technology and operations to world-class capabilities. After providing consulting services to many of the largest multi-national companies in the world, Rob is now engaging in environmental policy, programs, and projects that support a more ecologically equitable and sustainable world.