With only one week left to vote online, the Town of Marana is barely hanging on to its chance to win a one-acre orchard that would provide much-needed fresh fruit for its Community Food Bank. Daily votes by the public are needed to keep the Marana Heritage Farm Project in the top five when voting expires on June 30 to become a winner in the “Communities Take Root” program sponsored by Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Inc.
As of June 23 around 9:45 a.m., the sixth-place vote-getter needed about 1,200 to overtake the Marana project, with time running out. Marana was about 500 votes behind the fourth-place vote-getter.
If Marana can finish in the top five of the national competition, the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation will plant a one-acre orchard.
There will be 20 communities selected nationwide to win the orchards that will be planted in various locations by Dec. 31.
The winners are selected in four rounds of voting; the first round ended on May 31. The second round, which includes the Marana project, started on June 1 and will continue to the end of the month.
Projects not finishing in the top five are out; they do not carry over into rounds three or four.
The one-acre orchard will provide fruit for the Marana Food Bank’s Child Hunger and Nutrition programs. It will also feature a demonstration area to teach about raising fruit trees in the desert.
To help the Town of Marana win a one-acre fruit orchard, residents must vote at www.communitiestakeroot.com every day. To register, the website requires a voter’s full name and email address.
*This story was updated June 23, 2011.
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