Echo Park Improvement Association
Meets at 7 p.m. the 1st Thursday of each Monthin Williams Hall at Barlow Hospital 2000 Stadium Way in Elysian Park
It was a lovely Februaryweekend as we met at CentralCity Action Committee tohead over to TreePeople toget our fruit trees for theannual EPIA Fruit TreeGiveaway. On Saturday at9am about 12 volunteers,including 6 young peoplefrom Central City ActionCommittee, set off to preparethe 135 bare root fruit treesof several varieties that werebeing donated by TreePeople.We met our friend LindaEremita, Nursery Manager atTreePeople, and she gave usour instructions. About half ofthe volunteers were taughthow to prune the young trees.It was important to knowwhich variety had a centralleader, and which did not so that you pruned themcorrectly. The rest of us soaked old newspapers inwater, wrapped the roots, bagged them in plastic,and got them ready for transport. All in all, with somany returning volunteers, we finished in just 2hours. The trees were packed in the vans, and wereturned to the 'hood to our favorite LAPD Drop inCenter to store the trees overnight.Sunday morning, as we arrived to open the gates,we had folks waiting. There was a big rush to pick upthose trees. Things settled down, more volunteerscame to help with the distribution and we passed outthe trees with a steady stream of people coming overthe next several hours. A number of people stoppedby to find out what we were doing and we actually hada waiting list for unclaimed trees. Only 4 treesremained at the end of the day, and we closed up,ending another great tree giveaway.I would like to thank everyone who came out.
Steven Arthur, Lynn Barbé, Susan Borden, Phyllis
Lundine, Bill Campbell, Suzanne Kimbrough, IdaPotash, Margarita Fernandez, Maria Gonzalez, andDeborah Perrin from EPIA. Jackie, Xenia, Sandra,Miriam, William, Dario, Paul, and Pedro from CentralCity Action Committee.I would also like to thank the LAPD, Officer LouFord from Rampart, Officer Sonia Grace fromNortheast and the officers who came to the Drop inCenter on Saturday and Sunday to open and close thedoors for us.I can't wait 'til next year.
FRUIT TREE GIVEAWAY SUCCESS
EPIA and Central City Action Committee volunteers ready to prepare trees at TreePeople nursery
by Kate Bernstein