PEACHTREE CITY, March 8, 2017 – The Southern Conservation Trust is proud to announce their participation in The Orchard Project with the Atlanta Local Food Initiative.  The Orchard Project installs edible school and community orchards that aim to feed, teach, and inspire.
“The Atlanta Local Food Initiative Orchard Project is multifaceted,” said Robby Astrove, who leads planting for The Orchard Project. “Obviously there’s a component about food access and getting more local food in the community. But there’s also harnessing the power of the fruit tree, which is the most productive, longest living form of agriculture. Creating food for decades from one simple planting is pretty incredible.”
The Southern Conservation Trust is the only organization in the Southern Crescent of Atlanta to have been chosen as one of eight selected organizations and schools to receive fruit bearing plants.
“We are honored to be a part of such an incredible project that provides fruit to the community,” said Katie Pace, Executive Director of the Southern Conservation Trust. “Fruit bearing trees and plants at the trail heads will be a unique and fun way for the community to take something healthy on their hikes, while feeding the local wildlife at the same time.”
On March 21, 2017 from 10:00am – 2:00pm the Southern Conservation Trust invites the community to join us in planting fruit bearing trees from The Orchard Project at multiple trail heads at The Ridge Nature Area at the end of Burch Road in Fayetteville. Please bring gloves, shovels, and a bagged lunch.
About the Southern Conservation Trust
The Southern Conservation Trust protects greenspace, conserves forests, safeguards rivers, protects wildlife, provides environmental education, and ensures that our children have access to nature in our communities.  In 2016, the Trust also opened the premier greenspace project in Fayetteville, The Ridge Nature Area, making it its sixth public nature area in Fayette County. Learn more about how you can partner with the Southern Conservation Trust and protect your land at
About the Atlanta Regional Commission
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency for the 10-county area including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties, as well as the City of Atlanta. Learn more at

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