Fairfield schoolchildren receive free seedlings
Nearly 1,400 kids at six schools across Fairfield have been offered free trees to plant on Earth Day as part of Neighborhood Forest’s eighth annual giveaway.
Key sponsors including Hy-Vee, Agri-Industrial Plastics Company and The Cambridge Foundation have supported the program for the past three years in Fairfield, providing free trees to six different schools: Fairfield Middle School, Washington Elementary, Pence Elementary, Maharishi School, Home School Assistance Program, and Libertyville Elementary.
In order to receive a free tree, parents register via an online form sent by the school, and agree to plant and care for the tree with their children.
Almost a third of Fairfield’s families have signed up for the program.
Tree shipments will be arriving in schools Monday up until Arbor Day April 28.
This year the trees are red splendor crabapple seedlings.
Neighborhood Forest will also be giving away up to 200 red splendor crabapple seedlings for the general public. In all, Neighborhood Forest will be giving away over 10,000 trees this Earth Day, at nearly 80 schools across Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Ohio, North and South Carolina and Ontario, Canada. They soon hope to be in every state in the nation.
For information about the project visit neighborhoodforest.org.