Ignite: Fruitful Harvest

A little more than a week ago, I was given a chance to speak about Fruitful Harvest — a new community program in Phoenix to plant fruit trees on irrigated lots to supplement food banks. The ASU Ignite talk was just five minutes and it took more than a few hours of repeating the same five minutes worth of information to contain my excitement. (Understatement of the week: I’m a talker.)

This Thursday, I’m bringing together anyone interested in helping Fruitful Harvest — those with land, shovels, time, a bit of money or just the desire to see Phoenix be a better place. I sincerely believe using our water for fruit trees to ease hunger makes simple sense. How simple? Easy enough for me to do the math:

1 hour + $100 to purchase 5 fruit trees + 1 irrigated lot (with no extra water used!) = 1,000 pounds of fruit per tree in 3 years.

1 hour. Tell me you can’t give 1 hour of your time to make our home better?*

The meeting will have representatives from the Phoenix Permaculture Guild, local food banks and local faith communities on irrigated lots interested in participating. If you attend, I promise to find you an appropriate place to pitch in to be a part of this great work.

When: 7 pm, Thursday, October 14

Where: Asbury United Methodist Church — 1601 W. Indian School Rd, Phoenix

RSVP: africankelli at gmail dot com


* I’ve heard from more than one friend lately they are getting a little tired of my “Dear Friends,” emails. This is apparently my favorite salutation before a community call to action. To this I say, do you know who I am? Big mouth, bigger heart. Now, stop your complaining and grab the shovel. We’ve got some trees to plant.

17 Replies to “Ignite: Fruitful Harvest”

  1. Kelli;
    Your speech was terrific! So poignant, smart and clever. You will get help, I just know it. And good ideas too!

  2. Dear Friend,

    I can’t make the meeting (lightning tends to strike when i get near a church) but I will be there with a shovel whenever you need me.


  3. Terrific idea Kelli! We are slowly but surely doing the same thing in our own backyard. Grass has been replaced with vegetable gardens. A row of declining roses was replaced with blueberries. Large philodendrons were dug up and those areas are now home to fruiting trees. I hope you are wildly successful with this project.

  4. Kelli:

    As always, you inspire just by being you! This was such an awesome, inspirational, motivational speech! I think the concept is wonderful and as a mother, I cannot put into words the feelings I feel when I hear of children going hungry. You are a special person Kelli Donley and I am proud to know you even though we havent met in person…yet! By the way, your book is awesome-I am almost done with it! You are someone I can tell my daughter to look to as a role model. In this world of Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan……we could use a lot more Kelli Donleys! 🙂

  5. You are so poised, so genuine! That was a wonderful speech; I hope there are many more fruited plots by this time next year.

  6. You are AMAZING! Great idea and great job bringing it to life. I look forward to helping on this project.

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