Fondy Food Center is part of a nationwide competition to win a free organic fruit orchard valued at $5,000.
Fondy is one of 100 nonprofits throughout the country trying to garner the most online votes. Voting is allowed once per day at www.communitiestakeroot.com. The contest will run until Aug. 30.
The winners will receive 20 fruit trees, shrubs, an irrigation system and training in organic fruit production. If Fondy is one of the top 17 vote-getters, it would plant the trees at its Port Washington farm and the fruit would be sold at the Fondy Farmers Market.
“Winning this orchard will allow our farmers, most of whom are low-income, predominantly immigrant farmers, the opportunity to plant and grow fruit trees and shrubs using organic growing methods,” said Young Kim, Fondy Food Center’s executive director.
The competition is sponsored by Edy’s Fruit Bars Communities Take Root Program. Edy’s has partnered with Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting communities across the world by planting fruit trees and plants.