Fruit trees planted on lawn of Hartford's town hall to mark fifth anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene


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The Upper Valley Apple Corps and the Community Resilience Organization of Hartford work to create an "edible landscape"

Volunteers planted apple and pear trees on the lawn of the recently renovated Hartford municipal building in White River Junction, just yards from the high water mark of the August 2011 flood.

Bob Marshall of the Apple Corps (right) dug "guilds," a permaculture technique using a surrounding ring of cardboard covered in mulch and complimentary plants, for the new fruit trees with Laura Simon, who is a member of Hartford's Community Resilience Organization.  

The Apple Corps is working to create an “edible landscape” by restoring fruit and nut trees as well as berry bushes to public spaces across the Upper Valley. The group has already put in over a hundred trees around Hartford and surrounding towns. “Upper Valley Apple Corps is a completely volunteer organization and we welcome everyone to be a member,” explained the group's leader, Cat Buxton. “We also welcome people to donate money to buy trees to be planted by the Upper Valley Apple Corps.”

Apple Corps member Elizabeth Cadle plants an apple tree, an act Buxton described as an effort “to meet the uncertain future with a certain amount of confidence in food.”

Cat Buxton and Dylan Kreis, chairman of the Community Resilience Organization of Hartford

Several dozen people attended the tree planting and then went inside the town hall to hear from Vermont Law School Professor Peg Elmer Hough and Windsor County Senator Dick McCormack who recalled the devastation wrought by Irene and spoke of the lessons learned when entire communities pitched in to help their neighbors recover.

Simon Dennis, a Hartford selectman and one of the founders of the Apple Corps, shakes the hand of new Hartford Town Manager Leo Pullar after giving Pullar and his wife Dawn a set of the group's t-shirts.  Simon said both the Apple Corps and CROH are working to go beyond just the emergency preparedness aspects of community resiliency and want to mutually support efforts to "create a sense of place and a connection to the land." 

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