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Common Vision Plants Ideas and Fruit Trees at Schools Across California

We applaud the fruity troubadours who are bringing both understanding and practical fruit orchards to schools across urban and rural California! Common Vision is inspiring!

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Common Vision demonstrates solutions along their California tour.

This is one of the most inspiring stories about practical solutions I've discovered in a long time. Planting fruit trees and ideas about interconnections of earth and people...Common Vision is demonstrating solutions every mile along their California tour. These modern troubadours have my admiration...and I hope you are inspired to action by their story as well!

"Every leaf is our flag"

Common Vision's t-shirt design says it all, "Every leaf is our flag."

Make a Holiday a Green Adventure!

Here's just one idea from Common Vision:

"After returning from our fifth annual tour planting 1000 fruit trees in urban schools across California, we asked ourselves, 'How else can we be in service to the planet?' Plant more trees, we concluded! Join Common Vision to bring this tree planting energy from the cities out into the National Forest to plant 1,500 trees on fire devastated land. The weekend will be a festive celebration of life, spring, and stewardship of our beloved planet. Weekend Includes: Organic vegetarian meals, Forest camping, Campfire singing, Yoga classes, and Tree planting!"

While this particular event is in one location, for one weekend, there are opportunities in your local area to reclaim fire devastated forests and lands. Call your local national or state park to see what you can do to support reforestation of California!

Here are a few stops along the California trail by the Common Vision troupe:

  • In the eastern hills of Oakland, Common Vision joined forces with three classes at Merritt to transform a steep hillside into a permaculture food forest with 108 fruit trees! Before trees were planted a team of pickaxers and shovelers built swales, long on-contour ditches, designed to harvest 1000’s of gallons of rainwater and store it deep in the hillside.
  • 2008 is the year for variety in Fruit Tree Tour's veggie oil powered refrigerator truck! Because of local nurseries who support planting fruit trees in school yards and community centers, our tree stewards have worked with over 65 different varieties of fruit trees. We plant on average 20 trees per school.
  • The 2008 Fruit Tree Tour “Green Theatre” performance has inspired over 8,000 students this year. The story follows two urban students on there journey to find out how the food they eat is interrelated to the health of the environment.
  • With the most packed schedule in Fruit Tree Tour history, the Common Vision crew successfully planted over 1000 fruit trees on the 2008 tour.

Common Vision is a solution-focused nonprofit organization, a project of International Humanities Center that brings inspiring and relevant earth education to diverse communities and to cultivate dynamic and experienced leaders in sustainability practice and education. With a fleet of vegetable-powered vehicles, a dedicated staff, and big vision, Common Vision’s mobile operation weaves a wide network in California as it creates and inspires collaborations amongst volunteers, schools, farms, mentors, nurseries, musicians, and native peoples.

Fruit Tree Tour

The award-winning show was based on Common Vision's DVD "Planting the Vision." The special episode of "Natural Heroes" aired on PBS across the nation. This award is a huge tribute to programs like Natural Heroes and the featured groups that are working for positive change. We hope many more people will see the show and be inspired to plant a tree in their community!

Watch a 6-minute trailer for the DVD "Planting the Vision" below.

> Watch the Natural Heroes Fruit Tree Tour Promo on the Natural Heroes site

Common Vision
Location: On the road!
Blair Phillips
Founder and Arts Director

Michael Flynn
Director of Education and Program Development

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