A Day Of Service – MLK Day 2017

January 23, 2017 | 4:55 pm | Share

“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

On a cold and rainy Monday afternoon, twenty-two volunteers braved the cold and donated 66 hours of service to the Orchard’s A Day of Service program. Volunteers young and old first participated in a soil amendments workshop taught by Michael Simmons and then got their hands dirty bagging soil amendments for future tree giveaways and weatherized mason bee homes.  

Although it may be cold outside and our native pollinators are hibernating, we are always thinking of how to attract more each spring! One of our favorite pollinators are the mason bees and we have just the perfect homes for them, which were constructed during the 2016 MLK Day of Service event!  This year our volunteers helped to weatherize the homes by coating them with tung oil. Once applied, tung oil hardens and creates a natural barrier against the elements, allowing for the mason bee homes to last longer out in the elements. Keep your eyes open as you browse through town!  Mason bee homes will be popping up around Bloomington this spring with the help of the boy scouts who helped to weatherize them!  


We will also be giving away the soil amendments during our tree giveaway events to ensure that the trees have a well balanced foundation during spring and fall planting. Keep an eye out on our calendar of events and on our social media feed for opportunities to receive free fruit trees!  

BCO’s vision is “to inspire communities to cultivate thriving systems of sharing and growing fruit” and through the help of our wonderful volunteers during the MLK Day of Service, we are one step closer. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out for the MLK Day of Service event! Whether you have the time, skills, or resources to help the Orchard create an abundant harvest for all to enjoy, we’d love to have you involved. If you’re interested in fining out how you or your group can create a lasting impact in our community, please contact us at GetInvolved@BloomingtonCommunityOrchard.org.