Kansas City to plant urban orchards in vacant lots

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Even though we are in the dead of winter, Kansas City is already planning for spring. They have created a test site for an urban orchard at 5th and Troost.

The city is using vacant lots that no one wants to buy and turning them into orchards, where some apple and peach trees are already growing.

City leaders hope this will get rid of a few eyesores in town.

“The idea here is that you can plant these trees in vacant lots, just the way you sometimes find community gardens in a vacant lot, and that makes a productive use of that lot and it is also a benefit to the community,” KCMO Spokesman Chris Hernandez said.

The city is looking for community partners. If the orchards take off, the fruit will be sold at markets to pay for water and supplies.

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