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April 13, 2013 (San Diego) – Echo Eden along with community partners San Diego Loves Green, Live Fit Films, Regenerative Homes and Heartland Coalition announce the Earth Day Food Forest Campaign in San Diego. Together these organizations have come together to help launch the first phase of a new regional community garden initiative that they are spearheading for the San Diego region.  Community members are invited to do something meaningful this Earth Day and support this project by buying a 5' to 7' fruit or nut bearing tree that can either be planted in the first of its kind Food Forest or in your own yard. 

Planting trees was the original tradition of Earth Day that was started over forty years ago.  Today with food and economic insecurity and hundreds of thousands of mostly children and elderly hungry in the San Diego community each day, it has become imperative now more than ever to plant food trees both for our environment and in an effort to address these very serious issues. 

“As a single mom and community organizer, over the last four years I have been disheartened to watch food prices skyrocket, jobs cut and families forced from their homes in an unprecedented economic downturn.  I knew we had all the resources at our fingertips and the expertise to solve these problems if we could only come together. At the beginning of this year, I began organizing a coalition and putting a team together to do just that.  The Food Forest is the beginning and is based on a model the City of Seattle is doing right now on 7 acres of public property.  The time is now.  I know San Diego can come together and do this.”

Echo Eden has also created a social network built entirely around community gardens to facilitate individuals connecting with others in their neighborhood.  To get involved community members can simply sign up and will be instantly placed in a group based on their zip code.  It is a powerful local resource for organizing, sharing information, setting up seed banks and locating land. 

Trees will be offered through now just in time for Earth Day.  Supporters have the option to donate a tree(s) to the Food Forest project or chose pickup/delivery for their own yard planting.  Residents supporting the Food Forest will have the ability to donate a tree in the name of a loved one or organization. The Echo Eden tree supplier has discounted all trees and they are being offered at over half off of retail. 

Echo Eden is working with the City of San Diego on possible site locations for the Food Forest, other local regional cities interested in hosting this inspiring Food Forest showcase are invited to call Dawn Parker-Waites at 858-922-7188.


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