Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Back on tour again! That amazing time when I climb aboard the veggie oil powered caravan and traverse California planting trees, singing songs, and playing drums.

Last year we went to nearly 40 schools and planted 1000 fruit trees.

Each tree we plant is a teaching opportunity for a group of kids to learn how to plant, learn about the basic science behind tree growth and the importance of local foods and connect with the earth.

Again this year I’ll be taking photos at every school and community we go to and posting some of them on this blog so you can stay up to date on our progress.I’ll also work on some short video pieces about some of the most interesting parts of tour.

I also will be helping with a drum workshop that teaches about the universal nature of rhythm and cooperation, and an expression workshop that allows kids to free their voices to create spontaneous songs and poems.

I volunteer for three months of the year on Fruit Tree Tour and two months before tour even starts getting the vehicles ready. That’s a lot of time and energy, and I’m not the only one!!!

This grassroots organization is people powered and community supported with a core of volunteers and a lot of community donations. As it seems to be in a lot of places, the budget is a tight one this year.
If you have some money you want to flow in the direction of making the world a better place, go ahead and support the tour!

You can use the PayPal button below to pledge $1 a mile for any of the 3000 miles I will be traveling this spring. With your help we will be able to finish out the tour and bring sustainable local fruit to thousands of children. Thanks for your Support!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Generic Ask Me

Thank you for visiting my Mile-A-Thon page!

I'm excited for Fruit Tree Tour, an epic journey that will carry me 3,000 miles, to 30 cities in California for more than 50 planting events with public school students and community members.

In the next 10 weeks, I will be:

- traveling with fellow volunteers in a bus fueled by recycled vegetable oil

- educating 10,000 students

- planting 1000 Fruit Trees

- charging my phone and computer with power from the bus’s solar panels

- eating meals made from produce by local farms

- acting on my beliefs

- looking forward to every one of the 3,000 miles that lie ahead.

I am joining with an all volunteer team to implement all aspects of this project. I am supporting Fruit Tree Tour through my hard work, passion and dedication.

Fruit Tree Tour is funded through grants, sponsorships, and donations by people like you!

I invite you to use the PayPal button below to sponsor me on this tour for $1 a mile. Support me for a few miles or the whole tour!

Choose your Mile-a-thon pledge
Which volunteer are you sponsoring?


Hi friends, I am honored yet again to be a part of Common Vision's Fruit Tree Tour.

For my second year in a row, I will be helping to facilitate the drumming workshop at the schools we visit on tour.

I feel so thankful to give back to the youth of our communities in this way.

Common Vision is a group that I have dedicated so much of my energy and love.

Now, you can be a part too by pledging $1 per mile that I will be traveling in our veggie oil powered caravan.

I invite you to use the PayPal button below to pledge your support for Fruit Tree Tour!
This is a great opportunity to support the vision and any amount given is eternally appreciated...

Friday, January 23, 2009

Megan Watson

Me at school in 1983 with family dog Bluto at show and tell. Sure is cute, but what’s up with all of the concrete?

Good thing we’re planting trees!

Me at a school in 2005 planting trees with students and Common Vision

For the fifth year in a row I am a Project Director on the Fruit Tree Tour, criss-crossing California on the Common Vision bus, and traveling 3,000 miles to plant fruit trees with students and neighbors in 30 cities.

I love working with a project that creates change through action. The more 50,0000 people who have been part of the last five years of Fruit Tree Tour have all worked together for the same thing- a planet that is a little better off, with more trees, more healthy food, and stronger communities.

Many of the youth that plant fruit trees with Common Vision live in low income communities and deal with significant issues of limited access to healthy foods. Some kids see 20 fast food and liquor stores to every one grocery store in their neighorhood! Not only does Fruit Tree Tour bring a fun day of environmental education, but the schools have a new resource of local foods to keep kids and their growing minds healthy!

Many of you know that I donate a huge amount of time to Common Vision and Fruit Tree Tour throughout the year. I invite you to be part of this project with me. Please take a moment to support this work. Pledge $1 a mile for the first five miles, or all 3,000!Please take the time to help out not only the youth of our world, but also the health of this planet we live on. Thank you so much!