Save the Blaine Orchard
Help us save the fruit trees in the circle at the end of Blaine Drive. Until neighbors banded together to tend young fruit trees, flowers and vegetables, the southernmost end of Blaine Drive was an abandoned circle of overgrown weeds in the center of the cul-de-sac. Developing and tending the small orchard and garden gave neighbors (youth and adult) the opportunity to build community and lasting relationships while growing healthy fruits and vegetables plus beautiful flowers.
On September 3rd, 2015, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) issued a notice requiring the removal of the trees from the circle within 10 days. One month before this notice was issued, with no warning, the vegetables, including near ripe tomatoes, squash, corn, and potatoes) and the flowers were mowed. The purpose of this petition is to encourage VDOT to postpone the removal of the fruit trees and turn over maintenance of the plant life in the circle to the neighbors of Huntington so that they may continue to grow healthy food and esprit de corps within the otherwise urban environment of Alexandria, VA.