Volunteers plant apple trees to improve campus environment

Perrin Pellegrin sets a gopher basket for the planting of a forest panzy apple tree in front of the administration building at City College on Sept. 28, 2013, in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Justin Covington

Perrin Pellegrin sets a gopher basket for the planting of a forest panzy apple tree in front of the administration building at City College on Sept. 28, 2013, in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Oona O'Toole, Associate Editor

In celebration of this years’ Green Apple Day of Service, City College planted five apple trees around the Administration Building to improve campus ecology.

A small group of volunteers helped plant the trees on Saturday Sept. 28, and learned ways to help the plants do well in their environment.

“The goal is to have a community service event to acknowledge green schools,” said Perrin Pellegrin, a managing partner of Innovative Workshop Consulting.

The event was held the same day as City College’s Day of Caring to represent the initiative to develop a sustainability plan.

The apple trees were chosen because of their ability to help fertilize the soil for surrounding plants. They are drought tolerant and are red to match school colors.

“We want to grow these for sustainability,” said Mark Broomfield, grounds supervisor.

Because the plants are watered with reclaimed water, the fruit will be inedible for students.

“It takes two years to grow a tree,” said Broomfield. The trees require plenty of time to root and grow properly.

Pellegrin hopes to look at all aspects of the campus in order to make it a more environmentally friendly school.