LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A pomegranate tree planted this weekend in the East Hollywood Community Garden is the 200,000th tree planted by the Fruit Tree Project.
The Fruit Tree Project, along with Vitafusion Gummy Vitamins and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, has been working since 2007 to plant 200,000 fruit trees throughout Los Angeles. The project’s goal is to ultimately generate 28 million pieces of fruit, 33 million pounds of oxygen and eliminate 40 million pounds of CO2 from the air.READ MORE: Newport Beach, Long Beach And Other OC Communities Brace For Incoming High Tides And Potential Flooding
“We’re trying to get fruit trees into communities where they’re going to have the most benefit, some places like schools, native American reservations, and community gardens like this,” Lizzy Rainey of Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. “In a year that’s been so difficult, it seems even more poignant to get a tree in the ground that’s gonna give food to people, and a little more hope.”READ MORE: Man Accused Of Impregnating 15-Year-Old Girl
Just this weekend, trees were planted in community gardens in East Hollywood and El Sereno, and at Temple City High School.MORE NEWS: 40 Cows Escape Meatpacking Plant In Pico Rivera; 1 Killed By Deputies After Charging Family
The trees types that were planted by the Fruit Tree Project included apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, pears and plums.