All of us are familiar with John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, and the lifelong work he did in establishing apple orchards during early pioneer days out east. He taught the settlers many uses for apples and their health benefits. We remember his tin pot for a hat and his kind ways.

Amanda Lindahal doesn’t wear that type of hat, but she is also passionate about establishing orchards in the metropolitan area and teaching their benefits. She is associated with “Giving Groves”, which came to being in 2013. Since then, it has empowered individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities to plant and maintain small orchards.

A nearby orchard that was adopted by Giving Grove in the fall of 2017 is at St. Paul’s Community Garden on Sterling Avenue. Giving Grove also provided 40 assorted berry shrubs for Independence Habitat ReStore in 2013.

Amanda will be the featured speaker at the Independence Garden Club’s April 9 meeting at 6:30 p.m., on the fourth floor of the Sermon Center, at Truman and Noland roads. Come enjoy new information, fellowship and food.