Photography by Sky Islands students Brianna Giordano and Vincent Potter. Text by art teacher Jason Marrano.
On May 1, in partnership with Trees for Tucson, students at Sky Islands High School planted 29 trees on their school grounds as part of an effort to start an edible forest at the school, which is located on 12 acres of land on the east side of Tucson, at the former Rogers Elementary School. Students planted ironwood, velvet mesquite, screwbean, honey mesquite, blue palo verde, and hackberry. “This is the first part of what we hope to be a community orchard, bringing food trees to the urban environment,” says Sky Islands’ director Shari Popen.
The trees were provided by the Trees for Tucson energy–efficient shade trees program. Rosey Koberlein, the CEO of Long Realty, Inc. helped to fund the tree project. Jason Tankersley, the CEO of The Fairfax Companies, supplied the essential tools of backhoe and driver.