date: February 24th, 2018 location: manual arts high school description: plant it forward was an event involving fruit tree adoptions which includes planting fruit trees across manual arts high school as well as houses nearby in the neighborhood surrounding the high school. this was accomplished with the help of the students and the lessons on planting trees from fallen fruit. purpose: chicas verdes created this event so that the school and nearby neighborhood could gain more awareness about the unhealthy options surrounding them, like fast foods and liquor stores, and how to overcome the food desert they live in. the organization also wanted to provide a method so that families could have easier access to healthy food options with the fruit trees. time of event: 9am-12pm # of guests: 100 special guests: ktla, tfa, usc volunteers, community members and fallen fruit materials needed for event: shovels, ice, gloves, fertilizer, mulch, and water
we went to the different homerooms in manual arts high school to promote the fruit trees and explain the importance of taking care of these fruit trees. other methods we used to promote was to create posters and reassure that we had enough to distribute throughout the entire school campus. we also prepared applications so that any student that wanted a fruit tree could know how to prepare their front yards for a successful fruiting tree. before the event, we made sure to find appropriate locations for the trees at the campus at manual arts.
throughout the development of this event, we believed that the students at manual arts high school would become more aeare of their ability to change the eating habits that they have come to accept because of the food deserts in their neighborhoods. we also believed that these students would motivate their families to eat more fruit as a way to improve the eating habits and overcome the fast foods restaurants as well as the entire food desert systems. overall, we hoped to positively motivate the entire community to promote and accept healthy eating habits and therefore improve their health.
we were able to accomplish our goal of distributing trees to our people in our community. giving out the trees would give big event which was getting to distribute fruit trees to those who would care for them for many years to come so they would be able to help everyone in their community be able to access free fresh fruits. we all were happy about the way out event turnes out, and our experience with Gbla.
u-haul-$175 augur (rental)-used to dig holes-$65 mulch-donated fruit trees-$520 soil amendment-$40 soil-$100 snacks and water-$100