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May 4, 2017 - The Harvard Press - Community Harvest Project
Community Harvest adds peach trees to Prospect Hill orchard

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By Joan Eliyesil
May 4, 2017

Last week, a group of nearly 50 volunteers planted several hundred peach trees on an acre of land at Community Harvest Project’s 75-acre Prospect Hill Road orchard. The trees will mature over the next two years and are expected to begin bearing fruit in three years. The planting will allow the nonprofit organization to add peaches to the list of fresh fruits and vegetables that it donates to hunger relief agencies in Massachusetts.

The volunteers included local residents and groups from the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center, Bemis Associates in Shirley, Hollingsworth & Vose in Groton, Wakefly Inc. in Marlborough, Millbury Street Head Start in Worcester, and the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association.

The peach tree project was funded by the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, which also paid for the two acres of high-density apple trees planted last year. The new apple trees will add early- and late-season apples to donations. Community Harvest, whose mission is to provide access to healthy foods for those in need, said that fresh fruit is one of the most requested items for donation. More about Community Harvest Project can be found at