Hi! If you came to VeggieFest 2017 and got a free sugar maple tree (or 2 or even 3), please remember to plant it as soon as possible according to the directions we handed out (which are also on this website), then send a photo of it to:
Although we ran out of trees to give-away at Veggie Fest, we will have more soon! Here are our next give-away events:
US Bank Branch Sat am in September
(exact date tbd)
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1230 S Naper Blvd, Naperville, IL 60540
Look for us along the parkway.
Danada Fall Festival
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Danada Equestrian Center
3S507 Naperville Road, Wheaton, IL 60189. Free admission.
Come spend a fun-filled, leisurely autumn day outside surrounded by the red, orange, yellow, brown and green hues of autumn. This annual festival attracts thousands of visitors. Events include hayrides, equestrian demonstrations, barn tours, musical entertainment, children’s activities, food and more.
Most people planned to plant their Sugar Maple seedlings within a day or two. This is good news since generally speaking, the sooner these trees are put back in the ground the better the survival rate.
So now, let’s get to the photos of the volunteer planters!
Looking at these happy faces, you almost HAVE to smile! Their enthusiasm is so contagious! Thanks again everyone!
Instead of a paper sign up form, we used an online Google form that was pre-loaded into tablet at this event so people could just enter a zip code to show us where they planned to plant their seedlings. We learned some interesting things (see below)!
We asked people where they were going to plant their trees.
Each blue dot on the map at right represents a zip code where at least one person said they would plant a tree.
We asked people when they thought they would plant their trees, since this is an important factor in survival rate. Most people said within 1 and 2 days (the red and blue areas):
What Does This Mean?
These results are encouraging! The data we collected shows that:
People are interested in and willing to plant large trees such as Sugar Maples even though they take a long time to grow and get quite large.
The seedlings we are giving away are getting a wide geographical dispersal. They are not being clustered together in one local community near the event.
The seedlings will most likely be planted quickly (within a day or 2) which enhances the chance of a successful transplant and long-term survival.
Note that this data is only from one event. However, when the data from previous years is entered, we expect it will be similar because we gave away seedlings at the same type of events last year.
So yes, these are encouraging results. After all, each of these trees can grow to nearly 100′ and live 100-150 years. And all that time, they are converting carbon dioxide to oxygen and filtering out many other air pollutants so we can all breathe easier. They are also doing a long list of other beneficial things for us!
However, despite these encouraging results, there is still much work to do just to keep up with all the trees that are being cut down every day due to Emerald Ash Boar and other diseases, storm damage, natural aging, and the endless growth of civilization.
So, we’re making good progress, but we definitely keep going!