Move Over, Johnny Appleseed

Volunteers planted the first 50 of 300 apple trees for a Billings, MT Salvation Army's community orchard.

Remember the story we posted a few months ago about a Salvation Army Thrift Store’s new organic compost initiative? (Refresh your memory here.)

The popular, budding business is helping support another green initiative in Billings, Montana. With the help of more than a dozen volunteers, The Salvation Army is transforming a neighboring vacant lot into an orchard. The homeless men in charge of the Army’s compost project used their homemade fertilizer in the planting of 50 apple trees, and they plan to get a total of 300 in the ground!

The trees will go to support the local community’s children who will harvest the fruit for their families to eat, as well as make and sell apple products. The profits they earn will go into a college fund. What an incredible resource for the community!

This project is part of a larger Salvation Army initiative in Billings to create gardens throughout the city over the next few years, and we’re excited to see it unfold. Read more about The Salvation Army’s community apple orchard at the Billings Gazette and view photos at the Intermountain Division’s Facebook album.