Portland Neighborhood Unites To Plant Fruit Trees


Contact: Alastair Lough, Ph.D.
Address: 36 Rosemont Avenue, Portland, ME 04103
Cell Phone: 207-521-6151
Email: Jlough1@maine.rr.com

Contact: Matt Byron
Cell Phone: 207-239-5928
Email: byroncorp@gmail.com


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: http://www.meetup.com/TI-Portland/
Transition Challenge: http://www.transitionus.org/actions/transition-challenge
Orchard Revolution: http://www.orchardrevolution.com/
Pastor Chucks Orchards: http://www.pastorchuckorchards.com/


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