Register Your Citrus Tree by September 30 for the 2017 Pick Event!

Register your citrus trees to be harvested and Baton Rouge Green’s City Citrus project will send volunteers to your home on December 9th during the 4th Annual Pick Event to carefully pick your fruit and transport it to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. In 2016 we gathered 6500 lbs for families in need…let’s top that in 2017!

Please register by September 30th!

REGISTER YOUR TREES HERE.

Learn more about The Pick Event here.

#SHARETHEFRUIT

Living Roadways Sponsor Spotlight: Bayou Tree Service

Bayou Tree Service has been a supporter of Baton Rouge Green for many years, but in 2017 came aboard as a Living Roadways sponsor for the first time. You can see their signs at our beautiful site at Airline Highway and I-12.

Here’s a chat with David Benton, arborist and Baton Rouge office leader, about what else, TREES!

David, what’s your favorite tree?

It’s a tough battle between 3 trees. The Swamp Chestnut Oak (Cow Oak), American Beech and the Southern Live Oak. If I had to choose between these 3, I would have to choose the Southern Live Oak!

Why do you support Baton Rouge Green?

I support Baton Rouge Green because I genuinely believe in your mission to educate, interact and inform the community of the importance of Green Infrastructure and the preservation of our unique Urban Forest.  If we are to obtain and preserve a healthy Urban Forest within Baton Rouge, we need Baton Rouge Green to continue informing the public of its importance.

Why should others support Baton Rouge Green?

Others should support Baton Rouge Green because it is an organization comprised of dedicated individuals who truly want to give back and make an impact on the local community.

Favorite thing about Baton Rouge Green’s Living Roadways program?

It gives life to an otherwise dull, panorama lining these roads. Also, I love the species diversity and tree quality chosen for these sites.

How does the mission of Bayou Tree Service lend itself to supporting Baton Rouge Green?

Our company was founded with the mission of developing a symbiotic relationship between the community and its urban forest. Baton Rouge Green aligns with us through their dedication to tree preservation, Urban Reforesting, educating and informing the local community.

Thank you Bayou Tree Service and David Benton! 

Visit Bayou Tree Service at www.BayouTree.com

2016 City Citrus Pick Event Scheduled for December 10th

Join Baton Rouge Green with your friends, family, and community for our 3rd annual City Citrus Pick Event on December 10th, 2016!

Each year, we pair volunteer pickers with residential citrus trees that would go unpicked if not for this event. Last year, 39 volunteers harvested and donated over 5,300 lbs of citrus in only a half day. Come out and help us best this number in 2016! This is a great event for all ages!

Fruit Pickers will meet with the Baton Rouge Green Team at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for breakfast and coffee at 8:30a.m., where we will learn about Baton Rouge’s premier food pantry and its recovery in the wake of the recent flooding.

After breakfast, all participants will be broken into groups according to ability to transport larger quantities of fruit to the nearest drop-off point. These drop-off points help free up the pickers while making this event flow more smoothly. They are made possible by the generosity of Baton Rouge’s very own, Bofinger’s Tree Service, sponsor of Pick Event 2016.

Update: Registration for Pick Event 2016 has been closed. Thank you all for your contributions to Baton Rouge Green and its programming.

We’ll see you on Saturday! And as always, #SHARETHEFRUIT

2015 SUCCESSional Pocket Park

On October 24, 2015, ExxonMobil partnered with Baton Rouge Green to celebrate National Neighborwoods Month by installing a new pocket park designed to improve a blighted lot on Sorrel Avenue in North Baton Rouge. This SUCCESSional Pocket Park is designed to fit on abandoned, blighted properties and are basically “place holders’ that keep vacant lots visibly neat and easy to care for whether they are developed or not.

Over 30 volunteers from the community, the neighborhood, students from the Southern University Sustainability Coalition, LSU Landscape Architecture & Episcopal High students came together to install native trees and shrubs such as Chalk Maple, Swamp Red Maple, Ironwood, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Hairwan Muhly Grass, Dwarf Palmetto and Little Bluestem just to name a few.

The contrived layout and plant design strongly imply: “DON’T DUMP TIRES, DEBRIS, REFUSE, ETC. HERE!” The design relies on the form and habits of native successional plants & trees to create a PUBLIC space that can be enjoyed by the community.

These parks use successional ecology to complement successional land uses. We use middle to late successional species that establish readily, are durable, and have a desirable lifespan to growth rate ratio. Pocket park plants should not get so big that they dominate the site or create a hazard in hurricane/storm conditions. If system develops and programming calls for another use of the land the park occupies……the lot can easily be cleared to make way for the next system/land use. If the system remains continues as is the park plants and hardscape can easily be “refreshed” in a few decades to ensure its vigor.

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2014 Love Your Block

On Saturday, October 18, volunteers for Baton Rouge Green expanded the urban orchard and public green space originally planted last spring in North Baton Rouge. The orchard is on the site of the old Hollywood Elementary School, now a new neighborhood called Urban Gardens that has been developed by UREC (Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation), at 5655 Breckenridge Avenue.

Water Tupelo, Bald Cypress, Sweet Bay Magnolia, Little Gem Magnolia, Dahoon Holly, native hibiscus, apple, peach and pear trees will be added to the mix as well as blackberry, blueberry and native mulberry bushes. Over 25 trees were added at this years Neighborwoods event with volunteers from the community as well as from the neighborhood.

The objective was to encourage residents to make use of the diverse fresh produce offered at this orchard. The lack of easy access to grocery stress that offer fresh produce, contributes to obesity and diabetes as people opt for fast foods and pre-packaged snacks that are easy to locate. Through this project, we hope to encourage neighborhoods to begin planting fruit trees and shrubs that provide healthy snacks for the community.

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2013 Urban Orchard

Through this project, BRG hopes to encourage neighborhoods to begin planting click for plan view fruit trees and shrubs that provide healthy snacks and food for the community. These URBAN ORCHARDS are relatively low-maintenance alternatives to community gardens. Instead of a corner store Urban Gardens now has a corner orchard.

This NeighborWoods project was generously funded by ExxonMobil, and is a collaboration between BRG, The King’s Children Ministry, and Urban Restoration Enhancement Corp (UREC). The Urban Gardens Subdivision inhabits the old Hollywood Elementary site in N. Baton Rouge. Two house lots owned by the King’s Children Ministry are kindly held in perpetuity as communal green spaces. BRG was brought in by the developer– UREC – to design and install programming for the vacant lots.

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2011 Sunflower Project

In a pilot program, three vacant lots in Old South Baton Rouge were transformed with colorful sunflower plantings as a community revitalization tool implemented through a partnership with the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) and the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority (RDA). Volunteers planted the three sites, and neighborhood groups were actively involved in the planting, maintenance and harvest.