Tisdale Food Forest

It's a traditional no mans land. The side of the highway. Home to trash and road signs and empty space. Negative space, but hold on, there, across the Tisdale, new dirt rows about to add something positive.

"It's a first in Tulsa," said Nathan Pickard of the Brady Heights Neighborhood Association, unveiling a new use for normally unused land. Behold the Tisdale Food Forest, featuring upwards of 600 trees, many of which will bear fruits and nuts.

"So the main trees that we have are hazel nut and chestnuts really to provide that nutrient dense flower that can be created from those and all the different things that can come from those," he said.

"We really look at this as kind of a pilot project," said Steve Grantham of Up With Trees.

The folks at Up With Trees helped make the project happen and are eager to see how it shapes Tulsa's future landscape.

"What do we want Tulsa to be 20 years from now, and what part do trees play in that?" he asked.

The row closest to the highway consists of pine trees to act as a sound barrier, but it's those food trees that, even though a few years from production, already have neighbors thrilled.

"She was so excited cause she's on a tight budget, and can't really afford the healthy fruits vegetables and just excited about what this could mean to her," said Pickard.

The money for the trees was donated, and as to whether or not any of this is costing the city money?

"No, that's a great question. We're hoping this really reduces the cost of city maintenance in the long term and we're also hoping it really helps our neighborhood with the cost of groceries as well," he said.

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