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Director of Real Estate and Const...

Westside Housing Organization , Inc.
919 West 24Th Street Old Firestation #9
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1973, Westside Housing Organization, Inc. (WHO) is one of the oldest and most respected not-for-profit community development corporations (CDC) in Kansas...   more
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Kansas City has 214 trees in ...
www.josuagirre.net, 18 Mar 2012 [cached]
Kansas City has 214 trees in one spot.

Kansas City orchard planner Eddie Tapper, director of real estate and construction for the Westside Housing Organization, sees orchards as a neighborhood revitalization tool. In other cities, neglected areas and vacant lots have been transformed into well-maintained landscapes, boosting spirits and property values.

Some orchard enthusiasts are trying to bring back old varieties of locally based apples. Tapper said that once the Kansas City orchard program is more established, original Missouri varieties might be grown. Grape vineyards are a possibility, too.

Last year’s SkillsUSA students planted 78 trees in the same area, many that already sprouted little green apples.

“But they’re not ready for eating just yet,” Tapper said.

Most of the immature apples were plucked a week ago from the year-old trees to help establish their root systems. It takes three years before apple trees bear edible fruit. So in 2013, 15 varieties of apples will be available for free for anyone who wants them, especially kids.

“Better fruit than candy bars,” Tapper said. “I think people my age can all remember stealing an apple off a next-door neighbor’s tree. That notion’s been lost.”

More urban orchards are planned next year for Kansas City. Tapper envisions a 60-tree orchard for the center city area, bordered by East Armour to Linwood boulevards and the Paseo to Troost Avenue. And there’s an orchard in the works for the old Northeast area.

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Tapper said he will work with the Society of St. Andrew food ministry to glean the apples and donate them to food pantries.

Even before fruit is ready for consumption, the orchard needs yearly pruning and weekly attention.

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It offers a phone application, too, to locate free fruit.

In Kansas City, Tapper intends for trees to be marked with plastic rings that list the variety and other information. Another idea is to create memorial and adopt-a-tree programs for purchasing new trees and maintaining them.

“That way, urban orchards can sustain themselves,” he said. “And we could continue planting apples trees in every neighborhood of Kansas City.”


@ Go to KansasCity.com for a photo gallery.
WestSide Housing Organization
www.westsidehousing.org, 23 June 2011 [cached]
Eddie Tapper Director of Real Estate Development 816-221-0286
WestSide Housing Organization
www.westsidehousing.org, 12 Feb 2010 [cached]
Contact for these solicitations will be made with Eddie Tapper, Director of Real Estate Development or Richard Serrano, Construction Manager.
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Eddie Tapper - email
Kansas City has 214 trees in ...
www.kansascity.com, 25 June 2011 [cached]
Kansas City has 214 trees in one spot.

Kansas City orchard planner Eddie Tapper, director of real estate and construction for the Westside Housing Organization, sees orchards as a neighborhood revitalization tool. In other cities, neglected areas and vacant lots have been transformed into well-maintained landscapes, boosting spirits and property values.

Some orchard enthusiasts are trying to bring back old varieties of locally based apples. Tapper said that once the Kansas City orchard program is more established, original Missouri varieties might be grown. Grape vineyards are a possibility, too.

Last year’s SkillsUSA students planted 78 trees in the same area, many that already sprouted little green apples.

“But they’re not ready for eating just yet,” Tapper said.

Most of the immature apples were plucked a week ago from the year-old trees to help establish their root systems. It takes three years before apple trees bear edible fruit. So in 2013, 15 varieties of apples will be available for free for anyone who wants them, especially kids.

“Better fruit than candy bars,” Tapper said. “I think people my age can all remember stealing an apple off a next-door neighbor’s tree. That notion’s been lost.”

More urban orchards are planned next year for Kansas City. Tapper envisions a 60-tree orchard for the center city area, bordered by East Armour to Linwood boulevards and the Paseo to Troost Avenue. And there’s an orchard in the works for the old Northeast area.

...
Tapper said he will work with the Society of St. Andrew food ministry to glean the apples and donate them to food pantries.

Even before fruit is ready for consumption, the orchard needs yearly pruning and weekly attention.

...
It offers a phone application, too, to locate free fruit.

In Kansas City, Tapper intends for trees to be marked with plastic rings that list the variety and other information. Another idea is to create memorial and adopt-a-tree programs for purchasing new trees and maintaining them.

“That way, urban orchards can sustain themselves,” he said. “And we could continue planting apples trees in every neighborhood of Kansas City.”


@ Go to KansasCity.com for a photo gallery.

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Kansas City orchard planner Eddie Tapper, director of real estate and construction for the Westside Housing Organization, sees orchards as a neighborhood revitalization tool. In other cities, neglected areas and vacant lots have been transformed into well-maintained landscapes, boosting spirits and property values.
Some orchard enthusiasts are trying to bring back old varieties of locally based apples. Tapper said that once the Kansas City orchard program is more established, original Missouri varieties might be grown. Grape vineyards are a possibility, too.
Last years SkillsUSA students planted 78 trees in the same area, many that already sprouted little green apples.
But theyre not ready for eating just yet, Tapper said.
Most of the immature apples were plucked a week ago from the year-old trees to help establish their root systems. It takes three years before apple trees bear edible fruit. So in 2013, 15 varieties of apples will be available for free for anyone who wants them, especially kids.
Better fruit than candy bars, Tapper said. I think people my age can all remember stealing an apple off a next-door neighbors tree. That notions been lost.
More urban orchards are planned next year for Kansas City. Tapper envisions a 60-tree orchard for the center city area, bordered by East Armour to Linwood boulevards and the Paseo to Troost Avenue. And theres an orchard in the works for the old Northeast area.
...
Tapper said he will work with the Society of St. Andrew food ministry to glean the apples and donate them to food pantries.
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Water from a hose needs to be low pressure to water fruit trees, Tapper said.
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I know well find volunteers to keep this going, Tapper said. Were looking for companies that are interested.
Tapper also wants trees to be mapped so people can use a smartphone to find, for example, a Granny Smith apple for a pie recipe. Currently, people can go to www.neighborhoodfruit.com, a site that maps the locations of fruit trees on private and public land open for picking more than 10,000 trees in 25 U.S. cities. It offers a phone application, too, to locate free fruit.
In Kansas City, Tapper intends for trees to be marked with plastic rings that list the variety and other information. Another idea is to create memorial and adopt-a-tree programs for purchasing new trees and maintaining them.
That way, urban orchards can sustain themselves, he said.
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