The question so many of you have been wondering. Indeed, for a while we weren't sure ourselves–but we held on with hope. We're overjoyed to announce that–YES
– The Woostock Fruit Festival is 100% on this August as the state of New York continues to roll back restrictions on large gatherings (both indoor and outdoor)! Camp Walden will be fully operational this summer, and so will the Woodstock Fruit Festival. This will be a festival like no other, with so many of us deeply yearning for the connectedness that this past year and a half has taken from us.
With spring in the air and Woodstock in the works, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the Robert’s Trees scholarship for $200 credit towards your WFF 2021 ticket. How to apply?
Plant a fruit tree!
The Robert’s Trees Scholarship opportunity is in honor of Dr. Robert Lockhart, a pioneering member of the fruitarian movement and great force behind the Woodstock Fruit Festival since its genesis. On November 29th, 2019, Robert left us to join the ranks of other fallen heroes in the ultimate fruitarian paradise of his next life.
Robert’s thirst for true health was not only for his own mind, body and spirit, but for the planet and creatures he shared it with. Fruitarianism was his passion, and he lived it for 40+ years. We believe the greatest way we can memorialize Robert's life is by planting fruit trees, with the hope that his ideals, dreams, and vision can live on through the branches and leaves of his trees.
To qualify, post 2 short videos of yourself planting a tree to either Instagram or Facebook.
The first video needs to be of the initial tree-planting, and the second will be a follow-up video to show how the tree is surviving roughly two weeks later. This is to encourage proper tree-planting etiquette :)
Need some guidance? Check out the demo video below from returning attendee Frank Huarcaya. When you're done watching it, you'll feel empowered and fully qualified to plant your first tree - even if you have never done it before!
STEP 1: Tree Planting Video
Demonstrate the following:
- Yourself planting the tree. This should show you planting the tree from start to finish (can be recorded as a time lapse).
- Proof of tree height 2 feet or taller.
- Proof of a good soil. Consider a $10-20 bag of soil mix to give your baby tree a strong start in life. It's not easy growing up!
- Proof of water supply. Ideally, the soil should be kept moist for 1-2 weeks after planting a new tree. Unless your tree is planted by a stream, a waterfall or somewhere rainy, you'll need to water it daily during this critical period.
- Proof of adequate sunlight. The tree should be planted in an area where it will get sufficient sunlight.
STEP 2: Follow-up Video
Film your second follow-up video roughly 2 weeks after planting the tree–enough time to show that your baby is doing well and likely to survive!
See Frank’s two week follow-up video for inspiration:
Upload your videos to Instagram or Facebook, tag @thewoodstockfruitfestival, and add the hashtag #RobertsTrees. To make sure we don’t miss your post, email a link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarship is limited to one submission per person each festival year.
Robert’s life was long and full. We hope these trees will live in his memory for decades to come, offering the same kind of abundance that Robert shared with all of us just by being in our lives. To learn more about the life of Robert Lockhart, we encourage you to read our tribute to him shared shortly after his death.