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Forest Ave Orchard March Update

Orchard Friends,

We had another incredible meeting this past Monday!  Each of the Teams gave updates on all that they are working on! You can access the meeting notes online by clicking here.


               Orchard Mission Statement:

Our Mission is to empower the community through growing food and relationships at this “Jewel” in the crown of Des Moines

               Tag Line:

A park you can eat

               New Web Site: see the Orchard Project under the Urban Ag tab!

There are upcoming events listed at the bottom of the home page, as well as an events calendar:

               Orchard Facebook Page:

                     ***Please like this page to receive regular updates!***

               New Teams:

Events Teams – will focus on putting events together. Main focus right now will be the Ground Breaking event in May.  Brittney Carpio will be leading this team!!!

Bee Keeping Team – will focus on how to utilize bees and equipment, including offering classes/training on beekeeping.  Julia McGuire will be leading this team.

Upcoming Meetings:




Date / Time Location Notes
DMPS Teachers In-Service Presentation


Wed, March 25th, 1:50pm Des Moines East High School Presenting the Orchard project to the Orchard team.
Grants Team Meeting Thu, March 26, 5:00 PM Smokey Row Coffee

1910 Cottage Grove Avenue, DSM 50314

Assigning parts of IDALS grants to members to complete
Communications Team Meeting Thu, April 2nd, 5:00 PM Confluence Brewing Co.

1235 Thomas Beck Rd

Des Moines, IA 50315

Working on flier distribution/door to door project.
Design Team Meeting Thu, April 2nd, 6:15 PM Confluence Brewing Co.

1235 Thomas Beck Rd

Des Moines, IA 50315

Working toward conceptual model with basic design
Bee Keeping Meeting Mon, April 6th, 4:45 PM Grounds for Celebrations

6601 University Ave # 104

Windsor Heights, IA 50324

Opportunities to serve over the 2015 season will be presented, community-oriented group. If there are areas where other groups can collaborate in regards to the bees, please invite them.
Monthly Team Update Meeting Mon, April 20th, 6:00 PM St Vincent de Paul Thrift Store 2nd floor Education Center

1426 6th Ave DSM 50314

Monthly team update meeting

Upcoming Events:


Event Date Location Description
Flier Distribution in Neighborhood April Neighborhood Canvas neighborhood residents and businesses with fliers
Drake Relays Flier Distribution April 22 – 26 Drake University Distribution of fliers for groundbreaking event
Bee Hive Set-Up Late April Orchard Property We will be setting up the new hive within the Community Orchard
Door to Door Training&

Door knocking

May 2 TBD Short time of training, Lunch, then going door 2 door through the neighborhood in groups
Groundbreaking / Planting Day May 16th 11:30am(Rain Date 5/23) Orchard Property Lunch Social, Groundbreaking ceremony, tree planting



Are you interested in becoming part of the Forest Ave Community Orchard in Riverbend?  It is not too late!  As you can see, there is a lot going on in the very near future and more to come through the summer!  There is a place for everyone in this project! Watch our website and Facebook pages for regular updates on meeting, events, and happenings! If you want more information, please feel free to contact Ralph Chiodo (see information below).

A great big thank you to everyone!  Without your support and interest, this project would be little more than an empty lot with some trees on it.  It has blossomed into so much more than I could have imagined! This is truly a collaborative effort in every sense! Thank you!


Ralph Chiodo II, President

Forest Avenue Outreach

Growing Community, One Seed at a Time
PO Box 41271
Des Moines, IA 50314