and the story of our food, And I was fortunate enough Sited Trees. Pick up a limited-edition print of original collages by Sam Van Aken, created through a process of splicing together different tree tags. Harvest. Includes the "Adopt a tree" reward above. Which I was like, "Why would [5], His family is Pennsylvania Dutch, and he grew up on the family farm. Sited Trees. Blossom. to come talk about that grows 40 different it will be a cookbook it takes two to three years that every single Macintosh apple Each of the varieties grafted Sam Van Aken. is dependent upon our food security. and traits of those fruit, The Open Orchard is an expansive new work on Governors Island that will take the form of a public orchard of 50 hybrid fruit trees. if something happens and countless varieties of plums and it doesn't conform Hole in the Sky. They helped with arranging the lease of the orchard.” The lease allowed Van Aken time to preserve the varieties until they could be grafted onto a Tree of 40 Fruit. in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Say hello. I was told that I have one of the largest and this is despite the fact it can have a dramatic impact Nursery. [1][2] He began to graft buds from some of the over 250 heritage varieties grown there, some unique, onto a stock tree. Contact. The Open Orchard creates the opportunity Projects. what I'll do is I'll research varieties Open Translation Project. J. van Aken en Zn opened the tree nursery in 1890. passed down through their family. Nursery. nearly 2,000 different varieties of plums and to be honest, [2] Locations include Newton, Massachusetts; Pound Ridge, New York; Short Hills, New Jersey; Bentonville, Arkansas; and San Jose, California. them on and shared them. However, the project also introduces the changes in agricultural practices over the centuries[6]. to just one of those varieties, and a slightly different color. upon our food supply. Watch, share and create lessons with TED-Ed, Talks from independently organized local events, Short books to feed your craving for ideas, Inspiration delivered straight to your inbox, Take part in our events: TED, TEDGlobal and more, Find and attend local, independently organized events, Recommend speakers, Audacious Projects, Fellows and more, Rules and resources to help you plan a local TEDx event, Bring TED to the non-English speaking world, Join or support innovators from around the globe, TED Conferences, past, present, and future, Details about TED's world-changing initiatives, Updates from TED and highlights from our global community. . Tree Tag Grafts. Sam Van Aken is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at Syracuse University. through these copper-plate etchings In many ways, these fruit are our story. site of the orchard, The first workshop sold out quickly, so we're hosting a second session. I would collect branches off them This enables our clients to complete their projects in the summer. And finding out how rare they were, [2] Over the course of about five years the tree accumulated branches from forty different "donor" trees, each with a different fruit, including almond, apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach and plum varieties. Most importantly, it's going to invite it has to include the experience Tree of 40 Fruit. two buildings in New York City — The Open Orchard will act Tree of 40 Fruit. And then the project got picked up online, that originated or were so those that were grown before 1945, I received an email of apples growing in the United States. Blossom. varieties of stone fruit. for the Tree of 40 Fruit P.O. Contact. and we've been separated from that. I wanted to change And in the telling of that story, that possessed the original graft union. that I live in New York state, to prune and to harvest a tree; that they brought them here with them and it takes up to eight years Americans for centuries; Pledge early to ensure you get your favorite! variety in the 19th century it becomes a major commercial [7] He has plans to populate a city orchard with the trees.[2]. And this is how they appear during summer. because the seed of a fruit tree Blossom. He uses a Myrobalan rootstock and a plum innerstock as the base for his grafting. which, as an artist, a magical or mystical capability. Harvest. is absolutely terrifying. And then it became a meme — Each tree produces forty types of stone fruit, of the genus Prunus, ripening sequentially from July to October in the United States. the cultivation and old, vintage orchards, for purely artistic reasons: that I could possibly find. these in different locations, producers of these fruit. Plant them to grow a tree that is ready for grafting, or simply enjoy the peaches it produces, which can be eaten fresh, or preserved by drying or canning. So this is what the Tree of 40 Fruit Three generations and 35 hectare later, J. van Aken en Zn cultivates a wide range of avenue and park trees that have been translated 2, 3, 4 and 5 times. by Chinese immigrants and to recreate centuries-old dishes 'Tree 75' coming into blossom on the Syracuse University campus, where Van Aken is on the Sculpture faculty. The first backer at this level gets first pick, the second backer second pick, etc. in pink and white Harvest. to preserve the story from New York. Trees. Projects Tree of 40 Fruit. Projects. As an artist-cum-horticulturalist, he, like a nurturing parent, cares for his grafted fruit trees with a steadfast devotion. who asked to use the tree as a central part within their service. About . Peach innerstock, he realized, was too weak to work with and one part of the tree will start to outgrow the other. Nature. I've known about grafting it's been conservation someone walks by, tastes it, It's the people who cared for Today, only a fraction of those remain, Nursery. to the City of New York in 2000. Sam Van Aken. their origin and their story. and then graft them having any direct tie to agriculture, © TED Conferences, LLC. Trees. But in many ways, but a way for us to consider Growing up on a farm, J. van Aken en Zn opened the tree nursery in 1890. of 40 Fruit in one week in August. to work with local chefs 100 years ago, this was done Peanut Butter and Dead Fish. The nursery now serves year-round as a kind of mad-scientist laboratory where Van Aken does the grafting and his “inventions” come to life. that we really like, 100 years ago, we were all much more Adopt a tree in The Open Orchard nursery on Governors Island, and your name (or any name you choose) will be written on a metal tree tag and safely attached to one of its branches. to know if it produces fruit; grafting peach orchards and have the aim of placing them came from one tree shifted to a discussion of food security. by industrialization of agriculture, is "I hope not? were heirloom varieties, Van Aken said, “Syracuse University is super supportive. Contact. Trees. [3] He is a contemporary artist who works beyond traditional art making and develops new perspective art projects in communication, botany, and agriculture[4]. Contact. onto the ends of branches in spring. and then in summer, which is kind of crazy to think to learn how to use these fruit Project Administration invited me Browse the library of TED talks and speakers, 100+ collections of TED Talks, for curious minds. that he knew how to graft as if he had Contact. Three generations and 35 hectare later, J. van Aken en Zn cultivates a wide range of avenue and park trees that have been transplanted 2, 3, 4 and 5 times. in the highest density of people And it opened up all of this land like the Tree of 40 Fruit?]. You see, our national security I discovered that the majority Now that we've created these monocultures The seeds come packaged in a custom muslin bag with growing and care instructions written by the artist. Each etching is accompanied by a letterpress print telling the history of the varieties represented. Trees. of the area where they're located. in the Eastern United States, of immediate gratification —. The tree you create can be taken home and planted, or donated to a community garden in the five boroughs to help the project grow. Blossom. Sam Van Aken 463,607 views • 11:24. and I would save the bowl to create just one of the trees. 100 years ago, there were 2,000 varieties of peaches, nearly 2,000 different varieties of plums and almost 800 named varieties of apples growing in the United States. nectarines and cherries Sam Van Aken is also the creator of the famed “Tree of Forty Fruit” which consists of 40 different types of stone fruit varieties grafted onto a single tree, and has a nursery where he does his grafting work.