Gallery: Students Join Together to Plant Heirloom Apple Orchard at Quee...

Imagine being a student at New York City’s Queens College, and being able to pick a ripe, organic apple right off the tree on your way to your morning biology class. Nice, right? This past Arbor Day (in New York State, it’s the last Friday in April), a dozen student volunteers planted a whole orchard of 70 heirloom-variety apples on their own campus, with the help and guidance of Long Island City resident Erik Baard (who recently was awarded the Greenest NYer prize by the state’s I Love NY program) and his Newtown Pippin Restoration-Gotham Orchards program. Queens College senior Grace Magee had the idea and suggested it to the college’s administration only last month, and four days later, they had trees!

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