Parkland Gleaning Project
The Billings Parks Department is starting an exciting new pilot program called the Parkland Gleaning Project. The project’s goal is to expand food security by mapping various harvestable food resources available throughout the parks system. The work is being facilitated by Nemo Negron (email@example.com), an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Billings Metro VISTA Project. Part of the effort includes GPS mapping fruit tress in various public parks and entering them into a publicly accessible database like http://Fallingfruit.org. The installation of multiple Edible Forests on parkland is also a vital element of the project. Within parks such as Rose Park and Lillis Park, groups of fruit trees have been planted in an effort to localize the production of some food resources. Both parks have the potential to be the home of more fruit trees. Fall plantings have begun, starting with Highland Park in early September of 2018, and Comanche Park in October.
About the Edible Forests
Rose Park Edible Forest
This planting site is on the Northwest edge of the park, by the horseshoe pit. There are multiple species of Apple trees planted in the area, such as Honey Crisp and Sweet Sixteen Apples. The Edible Forest contains Waneta, Toka and Black Ice Plum species. Volunteer from Billings Downtown Rotary assisted with the initial planting in the Spring of 2018.
Lillis Park Edible Forest
This planting site starts on the corner of Parkview Drive and Lillis Lane and towards the east side of the park. With help from the Girl Scouts of Montana and their families, around twelve Apple and Plums were planted in the park.
Highland Park Edible Forest
Ten more apples, and plums have been added to Highland Park creating an another Edible Forest to harvest from in a few years. Honey Crisp, Ruby September, and Red Macintosh apples were among the species planted; Pembina and Toka plums were also added to the park space. This planting was organized as part of the United Way Day of Caring annual volunteer event. Special thank you to the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) for a day of planting and smiles.
Comanche Park Edible Forest
The last of the 2018 plantings was in early October. The HDR Green Team dedicated their time to planting 15 more fruit producing trees and shrubs into Comanche Park. This is a small park, located off of South Plainview Street. This park is the new home of Dwarf Cherry shrubs, Pear trees, and Chokeberries.
For more information on the Parkland Gleaning Project or how you can get involved with
2018 Edible Forest plantings contact Chris Waite at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 406-657-8308.