Coffee Farmer in Peru (photo credit Arbor Day Foundation)

How harvesting the fruit can help alleviate global hunger: In Peru, shade grown coffee helps support local farmers and the environment, while in North America planting nut trees and harvesting the fruit on urban trees can help get produce to those who need it most. (Photo credit Arbor Day Foundation)

Harvesting the fruit on a local tree can be a pleasure. But can it also be a solution to global hunger? In this episode of the Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast we’ll learn how fruit trees, nut trees and coffee plants can be used to tackle global hunger and poverty. Our guests on the show are:

  • Ryan Hatt, Business Development Manager of the Arbor Day Foundation on a project to promote shade grown coffee as a way to tackle poverty – and to save the rainforest. (Photo credit above of a coffee farmer in Peru – Arbor Day Foundation)
  • Ernie Grimo from Grimo Nut Nursery on the secrets of growing nut trees and the role nut trees can play in bringing food security to communities.
  • Sue Arndt of Not Far From The Tree on how Toronto’s fantastic fruit harvesting project helps get fresh fruit to those who need it most.

The show’s host is Susan Poizner, of fruit tree care education and training website OrchardPeople.com. This show was brought to you by The Community Orchard Network and our show’s wonderful sponsors including The Arbor Day Foundation.