The Sacramento Bee
Shortly after buying it, Reichmann registered his humble sapling online as part of a new campaign aimed at proving that even one of the country’s most densely populated cities can learn to feed itself, one crop at a time.
“When the tree gets bigger we’ll participate in gleaning programs and help with food banks,” said Reichmann, a retired social and environmental activist. “There are so many lemon trees around the city and you can’t consume all that you grow.”
The Just One Tree campaign was started by Isabel Wade, an environmental planner who’d been thinking of ways to nudge the city toward greater agricultural independence since leaving her post as executive director of the Neighborhood Parks Council, which she founded. She zeroed in on Meyer lemons after reading a study on San Francisco’s “food watershed” – a 100-mile radius around the city where food is grown and raised. The assessment, conducted by three nonprofits, concluded that some commodities, including citrus, wheat, corn, pork and potatoes, weren’t produced in large enough quantities to satisfy local demand