Monthly Archives: May 2013

Portland Neighborhood Unites To Plant Fruit Trees


Contact: Alastair Lough, Ph.D.
Address: 36 Rosemont Avenue, Portland, ME 04103
Cell Phone: 207-521-6151

Contact: Matt Byron
Cell Phone: 207-239-5928


To Encourage Environmentally Sustainable Living

Portland, Maine, May 30, 2013: Alastair Lough, Ph. D and his wife Patricia Proulx-Lough have organized a neighborhood-wide effort to plant 49 fruit trees in Portland on June 1, 2013.  Fourteen neighbors in the  Rosemont Avenue area, will plant trees in their yards this Saturday morning. The massive planting party is intended to beautify the neighborhood, provide local organic fruit, increase local food resilience, reduce greenhouse gases, reduce oil dependency, while fostering a greater sense of local community, and the value in gardening.

During  past two weeks Alastair has met with various experts and local groups to coordinate the planting. C. Waite Maclin of Pastor Chuck Orchards, Cushing, Maine, has provided recommendations for planting the fruit trees. City of Portland Public Works Officials Jeff Tarling and Troy Moon have provided advice and awareness of permit requirements.  Local Arborist Mark McCarthy will be on hand to help. Dig-Safe has confirmed the planting locations are safe.  In addition, the event is being covered by the documentary film Orchard Revolution.

The Great Rosemont Dig-In/Plant-In Party is funded in by neighborhood contributions and by the non-profit Tohidu, as part of the National Transition Challenge to raise awareness of the Transition Model.  Thirty five additional fruit trees and soil, will be available to the public Saturday morning for a donation of $15 each.   In addition, people will have the opportunity to sign up to participate in a similar, larger scale program planned for this October.

Alastair hopes that this sparks an even larger neighborhood movement towards environmentally sustainable and resilient living, by raising awareness of how neighbors can band together and unleash their collective creative genius to directly tackle the big issues facing us around energy, climate and the economy with simple practical projects.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend the event at 9:00AM at 36 Rosemont Avenue, Portland, ME 04103, Saturday, June 1, 2013.

A high resolution royalty free photo is available for press use at:

Additional information about the organizations involved can be found below:
Great Rosemont Plant-In:
Transition Challenge:
Orchard Revolution:
Pastor Chucks Orchards:


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Filming Has Commenced!

Family with Diabetic SonOn April 27th Orchard Revolution kicked off in earnest. The first day of filming commenced with two parents sharing the story of their son’s challenge with diabetes. Then, with the help of their 4 kids they planted two golden delicious apple trees. They planted these trees to take a stand against diabetes and to encourage Americans to eat healthier food.

Alastair and Pat in Their Yard Full of Apple TreesSince then, the momentum has picked up!  Many other families have been planting trees. Just this past week Alastair Lough, Ph. D.  and Patricia Proulx-Lough, purchased 58 fruit trees! Now they’re uniting their neighborhood with an environmental transition movement. Orchard Revolution will follow their progress in the weeks ahead.

Over the past 30 days  the film crew has also been busy conducing interviews experts throughout New England. It’s been a non-stop whirlwind.

Closeup-LisaLisa Fernandes of the Resilience Hub gave us an update on the permaculture movement in Portland. Her organization takes a positive approach to permaculature. They help run and sponsor local resilience-building projects, offer services to support the community and help coordinate educational events.

John Wise, Sr. Ph.D. John Wise, Sr. Ph.D. of the University of Southern Maine, shared his insight into environmental toxins. He’s also made it clear that more people need to ask questions and get involved. Too many people assume that the environment is fine and not enough people are taking action.

Author and Orchardist Michael PhillipsAuthor Michael Phillips has written one of the most comprehensive books on holistic orchards (we love his book!!!). As he shared his time with us, we learned how to work in harmony with nature rather rather than using chemicals to destroy it. The Phillips interview was one of the most bucolic yet. We met with him on his orchard in the rolling hills of update New Hampshire. Sixty blossoming apple trees surrounded us on his historical farm.

C. Waite MaclinApple orchardist C. Waite Maclin shared his passion for planting tree too. He used to operate an apple orchard business and he still finds great joy in his trees.

The Orchard Revolution is spreading quickly! Please support our effort, by joining us on Facebook, planting five apple trees and encouraging your friends to plants trees too!