By Ann Almond
Chosewood Park, a Beltline neighborhood, has dozens of fruit trees, berry bushes and grapevines along the sidewalks for all the neighbors to enjoy. And now, the Edible Neighborhood program in Chosewood Park is partnering with a 501c3 non-profit, Bare Hands Bear Fruit Inc., to take the neighborhood’s unique amenity to the next level. Clay Preston from Preston’s investment group, SE Atlanta LLC, initially planted apples, plums, persimmons, pears, figs and cherries. They are now growing along sidewalks of throughout neighborhood, which lies along the southeast quadrant of the Beltline, just south of Grant Park. The fruit is there for any neighbor to collect when ripe. Preston shared,
“These trees will give the neighbors a connection for years to come.”
Frank Bailey, director of Bare Hands Bear Fruit Inc., happens to be a Chosewood resident. When Preston introduced him to the Edible Neighborhood theme, Bailey saw an opportunity for his non-profit to help. The new program adds culinary herbs and a gardener to help neighbors care for their plantings. Plus more plantings of fruit trees.
“We are so excited to add this new dimension to Edible Neighborhood,” Bailey said. “With our own gardener, we’ll have a resource to help all the interested neighbors participate and a greater variety of edible landscaping.”
Over the last couple of years, Preston and his investment group have added grape vines, berries and culinary herbs to the mix.
“It has been fun to have the small children join us as we tend the plantings,” said Preston. “With this new expansion of the program, well, Chosewood Park is going to be cooking.”