Growing possibilities for a better world...
is a project created by Evan Boesen, a 16-year old Ag Bio student with a passion for agronomy and a vision for tackling community hunger, one apple tree at a time. In partnership with Blixt Locally Grown, Branching Outward empowers youth mentors and teen community builders to work alongside elementary school students to plant apple trees on their
school grounds and in their community. This hands-on activity is both engaging and educational, as it tackles the topic of community hunger and advocates for fruit and vegetable bearing plants in public spaces.
Introducing our Pilot Project Classroom
Ms. Doell, 4th Grade Teacher
How does it work?
Blixt Locally Grown and the Branching Outward youth leadership team partner with schools and other organizations that serve young people to implement a workshop that covers topics including tree planting, community hunger, and the value of growing fresh foods in public spaces. Evan then works alongside the youth participants to plant trees and teaches them how to care for them. This is project based learning on a truncated timeline and follows a "client to producer" model, allowing students to carry forward what they learn to care for their trees and spread the message of community feeding long after the session is complete!