November 22nd

The first orange

This is the very first orange produced at the Asbury Community Garden. I hope it is the first of thousands that will grow to feed hungry folk in central Phoenix and elsewhere. I am so very, very pleased this tiny community project now has 75 trees, with 9 more on their way in January. Just think — with 80 or so trees surviving, producing 1,000 pounds of fruit a piece each year on irrigation — we will be swimming in citrus in a few years.

This project speaks to my senses; we are using our resources smarter by feeding trees instead of grass. In turn, we’ll use land otherwise empty to grow crops for the hungry.

Speaking of great projects, Jessica’s work with the poor in Brazil continues to flourish. The Brazilian Babies project is posted. Thank you so very much to those who participated! The photos of those sweet girls with their new dolls — signs they are loved from afar. Ack! Sometimes I get a bit teary with the great things happening in the world.

If you don’t let the nuclear/sudan/northkorea/teabag craziness consume you? There are community gardens and Brazilian babies to celebrate. I vote we focus on this instead.


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10 Responses

  1. The pictures of the girls with their new dolls made me cry. Also makes me want to get off my butt and do something for someone. So excited about your Asbury Garden and the new fruit!!

  2. I’ll just go ahead and assume that is an orange from the tree *I* bought for the project 😉


  3. This is that garden you’ve been working on at your church, right? Awesome!

  4. Thanks for the doll update! I wondered if mine arrived, and there they were pictures! Touching! I am so glad to have helped. Keep the opportunities coming, Kel!

  5. Larissa Stretton November 22, 2010

    Congratulations Kelli!!


  6. How lovely to see something good growing! Well done Kelli! 🙂

  7. Second!

  8. The gifting of the dolls in the village was a joyful event. Thank you for all of you participated. Kelli, thank you for your donation, for your time to post and connect people. Blessings!

  9. And a BEAUTIFUL Orange it is. 🙂 Well done.

  10. Oh I love seeing the fruit of those projects!! No effort is too small to make a difference. Thanks for arranging the Brazilian babies project, it was a joy to be a part of!