Members of the Medina Village Orchard Project planted fruit trees Thursday at the Medina County Home in Lafayette Township.
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LAFAYETTE TWP. — Despite a rocky start, volunteers with the Medina Village Orchard Project successfully planted their first fruit trees Thursday afternoon at the Medina County Home.
“This was not the original plan,” Medina At-Large Councilman Lamb said regarding the county home site. “My original plan was pocket orchards in town.”
However, Lamb, who founded the orchard project, faced setbacks in his search for orchard space. Last week, plans to plant fruit trees at the corner of East Liberty and South Jefferson streets in Medina hit rock bottom — literally.
Lamb received permission May 22 from county commissioners for members of the orchard project to plant eight fruit trees at the county-owned property east of the courthouse parking deck. He said after digging on the plot, however, he found a layer of rock under the topsoil.
“Underground, there’s solid rock,” Lamb previously said. “There must have been a parking lot there.”
Lamb then heard the county home was willing to let the organization plant trees on county property there and he thought, “Oh, the county home. I’m gonna do that!”
County commissioners approved the idea.
The county home’s location off state Route 162 ended up being a great place to plant, he said.
“It turned out to be a really beautiful spot and a nice addition to the landscape for people who live at the county home,” Lamb said.
Several of the residents’ rooms face the plot where five trees were planted and there is a pavilion with picnic tables adjacent to it, so residents will able to view and enjoy the trees.
For Thursday’s planting, Lamb had help from Mayor Dennis Hanwell, Ward 1 Councilwoman Laura Parnell, and Medina residents Charles Ramer, Michele Knichols and Pam Branscome.
While the idea of planting the first orchard within city limits didn’t work out, Lamb said: “I’m still going to pursue the original plan.”
He said he would like to do a larger planting of smaller trees and seedlings at the weigh station on state Route 18 in Medina.
“We’re gonna try to plant hundreds of trees there for that orchard, so it would contribute to Feeding Medina County,” he said.
Once the trees bear fruit, Lamb wants to donate the yield to Feeding Medina County.
For information and updates on plantings, follow the Medina Village Orchard Project on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/1610601469047623/.