Community orchards to take root in southeast Calgary thanks to the Naaco Truck
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One Calgary food truck will not only be serving up sustenance on four-wheels this summer, they plan to plant a permanent food source that will keep on giving.
In early June, Calgary’s Naaco Truck will donate and plant community orchards in four areas of southeast Calgary.
Co-founder of the Naaco Truck Aman Adatia said he and his partner Stephanie Shields were looking for a way to help offset the emissions created by driving the truck around.
“We thought, how about we plant one tree for every 500 customers we do to help offset that carbon footprint, and at the end of the year, we’ll plant them,” said Adatia.
“A big part of our truck is also about creating community and bridging that gap between communities, so we thought this would be fantastic.”
After working with Stephanie Jackman of REAP (Respect For The Earth and All People), they decided to plant 40 trees and bushes, mostly apples, Saskatoon berries and raspberries.
“We’re excited to get in to those neighbourhoods and really have a lasting impact,” said Jackman.
She said the fruit will be free to pick for any community members.
International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone executive director Alison Karim-McSweeney said she sees potential for the community to come together in these future orchards.
“I think what’s lovely is, of course, you have the vegetables and things like that that are grown in community gardens, but often you don’t have the fruits,” she said. “This is just a nice edition that really makes an outstanding community grow.”
Adatia said in the future, they hope to bring orchards to communities throughout Calgary.
“This is something we’re going to do every year,” he said.
For more information on the Naaco Truck, and their carbon cutting goals, visit thenaacotruck.com.
Ten trees and bushes will be planted at each of the following locations:
- Dover Community Association
- Forest Heights playground
- Forest Lawn Community Garden
- Albert Park Centennial Garden