Nonprofits come together to plant orchards across metro Atlanta

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Some metro area nonprofits have figured out a way to get fresh fruit to people who can’t afford it — they’re growing it.

Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen spent time with some volunteers this week along Hi Hope Lane in Lawrenceville, where they were planting all kinds of berries in a brand-new orchard to help a community in need.

“Our goal is to have people within half a mile of an orchard, and that food can go out. Tons and tons of food,” said Kate Conner with the Food Well Alliance.

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The Food Well Alliance has partnered with The Giving Grove to plant 18 orchards this spring all over metro Atlanta.

As people continue to struggle because of COVID-19 and rising prices, some can’t afford fresh fruit.

Orchards like the one along Hi Hope Lane should provide harvests for decades.

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The charity Creative Enterprises provided the land. The group specializes in helping adults who have special needs.

“I get very emotional because it’s a passion of my life to teach people to grow food. And the clients here are very close to my heart,” said Beth Arechiga with Creative Enterprises.

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Clients like Nicole Recknor were eager to help plant.

“It was fun. I love to do it. I did it at home before,” Recknor said. “I helped my mom.”

On top of the 18 orchards they plan to plant this spring, the groups said they expect to plant a bunch more this fall.

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