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Richmond: More free fruit trees will be distributed today

The El Cerrito-based group Self-Sustaining Communities has landed another donation of fruit trees that will be distributed from 1-3 p.m. today at the Center for Human Development at the Shields-Reid Community Center, 1410 Kelsey St. for residents in Parchester Village, and to Opportunity West at the Nevin Community Center at Sixth Street and Nevin Avenue.
Group founder Linda Schneider says the latest batch of trees numbers 500 or more and includes primarily cherry and possibly apple trees, all intended to provide a source of ongoing nutrition for marginal neighborhoods.
“There may be a few extras for those in Albany, El Cerrito and El Sobrante who would like to go to the Nevin Community Center or to 1410 Kelsey St.” at 1 p.m. she writes.
Those trees will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis.
UPDATE — Schnieder e-mailed this note at 12:30 p.m. today: “1,260 apple and cherry trees today, bringing out total as of November, 2009, to 7,425. We just may meaningfully transform our communities in spite of ourselves. How cool is that going to be?”
Credit for the trees goes to grower Pro Tree Nurseries.


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Chris Treadway