City Citrus

What Is City Citrus?

City Citrus began in 2013 with goals to:
  • Convert underused urban green space into small, easily-managed citrus orchards that provide healthy food options, naturally.
  • Encourage citizens to utilize edible native plants in landscapes which achieve multiple goals and make productive use of green space.
  • Enhance communities and neighborhood experiences over shared resources (i.e. fruit).
  • Improve the diminishing urban canopy of Baton Rouge.
The project does this in 3 ways:
  • City Citrus Site establishment: Baton Rouge Green assists volunteer Citrus Shepherds in establishing mini citrus orchards near businesses, churches, schools, libraries, etc. The Shepherds commit to care for the trees and share the fruit with their community. Baton Rouge Green staff is available to assist with professional knowledge, planning maintenance regimes and as a general resource to the Shepherds.
  • The Pick Event: Each year we match at-home Citrus Shepherds who have well-established trees producing more fruit than they can consume with volunteers pickers to harvest their citrus during winter. The fresh fruit, donated and harvested entirely by volunteers, is given to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and distributed throughout their network to families in need.
  • Citrus Tree Giveaway: Each Spring we provide about 70 free citrus trees on a first-come, first-served basis to citizens who wish to become at-home Citrus Shepherds. These folks must commit to join the movement and share the fruit with neighbors, friends and family.

Special thanks to Lamar Advertising of Baton Rouge for their ongoing support of City Citrus!