Rosemont Community Orchard

May 28, 2016

Keep Jackson Beautiful received 20 fruit trees donated from the Mississippi Urban Forest Council and the Mississippi Forestry Commission and was awarded a grant of $3,500 from Entergy to build a community orchard at Rosemont M. B. Church in southwest Jackson.  The orchard is being grown with permaculture techniques that support the orchard in natural ways.  Fruit trees, blueberry bushes, and herbs are planted on berms next to a swale. The swales will collect water from the rain and hold it. The roots of the trees will reach the water from their raised position on the berms. The surface of the ground will be covered with clover, herbs and perennial pollinator plants. The orchard will be an organic food source for the entire community for many years to come. On the first work day, April 9, 2016, Entergy employees volunteered and brought lots of tools as well. The Purple Diamonds Dance Team also volunteered, and many community residents participated as well. The volunteers hauled soil, planted trees, blueberry bushes, herbs, and clover seeds. The youngest volunteers painted clay pots and small stones to add color to the orchard. Pastor Jimmie Edwards of Rosemont M.B. Church worked as hard as anyone with his tractor and the orchard was well underway. A second work day on May 7th added wood chips and pollinator perennials plants as well.  The church also has a raised vegetable garden area next to the orchard. Both areas will work together to provide a very healthy assortment of food for the surrounding community.  The orchard will be enlarged in the fall with an awarded $5,000 UPS/KAB Community Tree Planting Grant to include more of the five acres available at the church. Keep Jackson Beautiful wishes to say thank you to all of our sponsors for their generous support which has made this orchard possible, and thank you to all the volunteers who participated in this wonderful community project.

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