BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It's spring and Baton Rouge air can sometimes carry the scent of an orange tree blossom.
Baton Rouge Green swings into action with its City Citrus program.
This Wednesday March 23rd, students are swarming the grounds of Glasgow Middle School at the close of the school day. They are packing shovels, and plans to plant six more fruit trees.
Children from Glasgow and at least one student from University Lab School got busy, and cared not that they were digging in dirt.
City Citrus team members say the program "started in Baton Rouge in 2013 with 3 pilot sites hosting two varieties of satsuma trees. Newer sites expanded the types of fruit grown to include lemons, limes, kumquats, and grapefruit along with the mainstay satsuma varieties. The program currently boasts over 250 trees at 17 sites in the Greater Baton Rouge area."
There are special overseers known as "Citrus Shepherds" who make sure the newly planted tree gets everything it needs. That could be watering, if rains are not regular, pruning, cleaning.
Glasgow Middle School chose to be a Citrus Shepherd and in spring of 2015, saw volunteers plant 16 trees that are intended to yield fruit to anyone who wants to pick some for food. In other words, it's "open source". This new planting session adds six more.
Baton Rouge Green depends on volunteer "Citrus Shepherds" to establish and maintain satsuma and other citrus trees in open, underused spaces around the City.
For more information visit www.batonrougegreen.com or contact Baton Rouge Green at 225.381.0037.