Fruitridge Manor: ROOTing For A Better Tomorrow!
April 28, 2016
On April 23,
Fruitridge Manor became the first neighborhood to participate in Sacramento
Tree Foundation’s brand-new South Sacramento NeighborWoods
project. Soon after this grant was
awarded to us by CAL FIRE, we began searching for a location to host our first
community event. We were looking for a “community” space that was easy to find, and where people
would gather for some fun and tree planting!
our search, we heard from Dave Tamayo, who represents much of South Sacramento
on the Board of Directors for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).
Dave told us a story about a community garden that he created several years ago
at Peter Burnett Elementary School in the Fruitridge Manor neighborhood. Dave
has lived in Fruitridge Manor since 1989, where he has always been active in the
community, including co-founding the Fruitridge Manor Neighborhood Association,
and advocating for public parks and affordable housing.
school, we could restore the community garden! Plant some trees! Provide tree
care! Clean-up campus! And throw a fun event for Fruitridge Manor – where
community residents could come together and beautify their neighborhood! And
so…“Fruitridge Manor: ROOTing For a Better Tomorrow” was born!
Burnett Principal, Manuel Huezo, agreed that the school was the perfect
location – and together with the school’s Site Instructional Coordinator, Liz
Aguirre, we began the planning process. After Community Forester, Kuldeep Singh, sited 11 trees on campus – where school administrators were especially
interested in providing more shade for students during recess – our event began
to take shape! We also began planning upgrades for the community garden with Dominic Allamano from Soil Born Farms and Emma Tamayo,
daughter of Dave Tamayo.
was a sunny, crisp morning – perfect conditions for our planned volunteer work!
And the perfect day to also celebrate Earth Day and National Arbor Day. More
than 130 volunteers attended the event, 50 of those from the Fruitridge Manor
neighborhood! Volunteers worked hard to plant 11 new trees on campus, mulch 40+
campus trees, restore the school’s garden, and collect campus trash. A few adventurous volunteers ventured out into
the community with our community foresters to provide basic tree care to some
Fruitridge Manor residents. Thank you to all of our volunteers – we are so
grateful for your hard work and enthusiasm!
delicious lunch catered by La Esperanza Market, local residents and volunteers
were invited to visit with several local community organizations, including the
Girls Scouts, Food Literacy Center, Fruitridge Manor Neighborhood Association,
Soil Born Farms, and the Sacramento Tree Foundation while rocking out to music
and getting their faces painted! Some residents also participated in an
information session to learn more about how they could form a NeighborWoods
group and receive free tree through this project! Contact NeighborWoods Specialist,
Meredith Thompson, at 916-974-4322 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this
also like to extend our gratitude to several partners that helped make this
event possible: Councilmember Eric Guerra, City of Sacramento Urban Forester Joe
Benassini, Cal Expo Starbucks, Dave & Emma Tamayo, Sonia Espinosa, PG&
E, SMUD, and CAL FIRE.
excited to see these trees grow and thrive at Peter Burnett – and to see
students enjoying their many benefits for years to come!