City of Liberty turns Ruth Moore Park into community orchard

LIBERTY, Mo. - A historic Liberty park will soon be offering much more than a playground and basketball court. It already has a picnic shelter and spray grounds, but now Ruth Moore Park has a way to provide food for the neighborhood.

The City of Liberty is the first city in the metro to partner with the Giving Grove, an organization that creates edible tree gardens as a sustainable form of food production.

In April, Parks and Recreation staff members and Giving Grove representatives planted 14 apple, pear and cherry trees.

Volunteers also added blackberry, raspberry and strawberry plants to three new raised beds.

The berries should bear fruit this season, but the fruit trees may take several years.

Everything produced at this community orchard will go right back into the community.

"We're doing something that we feel like is sustainable from a stand point of providing local communities with locally grown organic food that they can use," Parks and Open Space Manager Chris Wilson said. "It's kind of like a value added approach to our parks system, and we feel that people will appreciate that over time."

Neighbors can have what ever fruit the orchard produces, and everything left over will be donated to Meals on Wheels and local food banks.
 

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