Columbus’ south side, as well as its Weinland Park area, are set to get two new community fruit gardens this month. Fallen Fruit, an art and community betterment project out of Los Angeles, will be heading the initiative along with the Wexner Center for the arts. David Burns and Austin Young, the co-creators of Fallen Fruit, originally made a visit to Columbus in 2015. After giving a talk at the Wexner Center, Shelly Casto, the center’s director of education, thought the program could be of benefit to local communities.
Fallen Fruit was created in 2004 as a way of bringing neighborhoods together through art and community gardening. The collective travels from city to city, spreading their message of unity and putting together art installations specific to the history of each neighborhood. All of the fruit that each garden produces is free to the public, promoting healthy eating habits and communal sharing.
The first garden will be planted Sunday, April 24th in Weinland Park on 1550 N. 4th St. Ground has already been broken on the south side at 345 Reeb Ave with planting underway on the 29th.
For more information or to volunteer, visit wexarts.org
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