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Logan Square Could Soon Have an Orchard

In Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project (CROP) board has been working to give the area not just more green space, but an actual orchard.

Sections of their statement:

“CROP is a non-profit organization founded to establish community rare-fruit orchards in Chicago. These orchards, designed for reclaimed spaces, are dedicated to preserving a few of the thousands of varieties of tree fruit that aren’t commonly commercially grown, while providing open space and educational opportunities to Chicagoans.

Our design is intended to balance accessibility, careful management, and beautiful garden design. An open landscaped plaza along Logan Boulevard activates the intersection of Logan and Milwaukee. Continuing along Milwaukee, a community managed orchard will be open to the public during volunteer hours throughout the week, through public special events, and programmed in coordination with the Farmer’s Market.”


“By locating our project in Logan Square, CROP aims to serve the neighborhood directly. Indeed, we already have roots in the neighborhood. Most of our volunteer staff lives in Logan Square. We’ve received enthusiastic support from neighbors and neighboring businesses.

We will work with the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Logan Square Farmer’s Market, and work directly with neighborhood schools, businesses, and organizations to get our apples into the hands of our neighbors.

Although Logan Square will be our first site, CROP has already developed their organization with long-term sustainability in mind. We have raised our budget for 2010 of $3,000 and have secured long-term funding through Uncommon Ground. We have 60 trees planted (currently stored at the Chicago Honey Coop) representing 35 varieties, which will comprise the initial group of trees for the lot. We have also developed relationships with several local organizations with interest in urban agriculture and civic open space.”

Below is a rough idea of what they have planned.