Transition Catskills is the proud sponsor of the first public orchard in Delaware County, NY. Eight apple trees were donated for the site adjacent to the Community Garden in the village of Fleischmanns. Mayor Todd Pascarella and members of community group Fleischmanns First turned out for the October 11th tree planting ceremony. Big thanks go out to everyone who got their hands dirty on Saturday, to Rudd and Greg at Catskill Rentals for excavating the holes beforehand, and thanks to the DEP for giving the project the green light on the land.
Come welcome Fleischmanns’ new public orchard in a tree planting ceremony hosted by Transition Catskills at the Fleischmanns Community Garden on Saturday, October 11th at 11:30 a.m. The garden is located at the east end of the park on Wagner Avenue. Next spring, pink flowers will grace the park as 8 new apple trees set their blossoms. Within a few years, all visitors to the park will be able to harvest Golden Delicious and 4 red varieties for baking apple pies, pressing into cider, or eating fresh off the tree. The average lifespan of an apple tree is 100 years, so the healthful attributes of organic apples will delight taste buds for several generations. Transition Catskills is a grassroots organization of interested area residents dedicated to building local resilience and self-reliance.