At Seattle Works we love eating delicious blackberries just as much as the next person, but the problems start when blackberry thickets overgrow and become difficult to work with. Many of our Hot Projects involve working outdoors with fruit, vegetabls and overgrown plants, and now we overhear good things are happening at the Dr José Rizal Park, near Beacon Hill.
Volunteers from Seattle Works, Microsoft, EarthCorps, the Filipino-America community and many other local schools and colleges came together to cut back the blackberry thickets so that there could be access to the community orcahrd that was set up in the park, by City Fruit, a local non-profit that works in different neighborhoods to help local tree owners grow healthy fruit, harvest their crop, use it and distribute excess to others. The growth of the orchard means that more apple trees, blackberries and even a walnut tree have begun to flourish.
Check out this link for more information on the project: Community Orchard at Dr. José Rizal Park