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Fallen Fruit of Columbus

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Project ended on March 31, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Fallen Fruit of Columbus

Help us cultivate fruit parks in urban Columbus! Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts is bringing together art, food, and the community to beautify and nourish two diverse, rapidly changing Columbus neighborhoods. Created in partnership with Los Angeles-based artists David Allen Burns and Austin Young, the Fallen Fruit of Columbus project will establish public fruit parks in the University District’s Weinland Park and Columbus’s South Side neighborhoods. These two parks, to be installed in April on now-vacant lots, will feature fruit trees and berry bushes in new public gathering spaces, complete with new signage, walkways, and benches. Neighborhood teens will be hired to work on the parks, and volunteers from all over the city will help plant and prep the sites; grafting workshops will be held to spark propagation of additional plantings throughout the neighborhoods. A unique mix of the arts, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, neighborhood beautification, youth engagement, and community collaboration, Fallen Fruit of Columbus will have a positive and lasting effect on these two urban neighborhoods, providing new spaces and fresh fruit for residents and visitors of all backgrounds, ages, and socioeconomic circumstances.

With its focus on a sustainable solution to food access, Fallen Fruit of Columbus responds to the University’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation, while also supporting components of President Drake’s 2020 Vision, including the focus on food security. The project also enhances all four of the University’s Discovery Themes.

Help us grow these parks! Watch this site for updates, new photos, and videos throughout the month. Thank you!

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Allstar Strawberry

Fresh, sweet, and vibrant, the Allstar Strawberry is easy to grow and loves the Midwest climate.


Suncrisp Apple

This hybrid apple was developed at Rutgers University in the 1990s and delivers a tropical, tart flavor.


Nova Red Raspberry

Tough and vigorous, the Nova Red Raspberry produces large crops in all climates.


Draper High Bush Blueberry

Draper High Bush Blueberries are very popular on commercial markets for their light blue color and firmness. Only awarded to Alumni of the University, donors to this giving level will receive the University’s Sustaining Member benefits, including a year’s subscription to the print version of Ohio State Alumni magazine and eligibility for the annual alumni football ticket process.


King of the North Grapes

Dark blue and resistant to the elements, the King of the North Grape is loved for its tartness and size.


Perfection Apricot

This bright and lively apricot varietal doesn’t mind the cold and will even grow into the winter months.


Prolific Pawpaw

As the only fruit native to Ohio, the Pawpaw is very popular in this area of the country. These creamy, banana-like plants have a tropical taste.

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