Peartree’s got a special ticket that is taking him on an 8 to 13
year mission in orbit around the earth where no food procurement
advocate for the needy has gone before. He is the imaginary 12 year old
grandson of Mike Bourgeois, author of “Patricke Peartreee: A
Modern Day Johnny Appleseed,” an award-winning book targeted to
children of all ages.
Bourgeois, a long time food bank volunteer and former board member of
the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank (GBRFB) www.brfoodbank.org, wrote the
book in order to encourage individuals and organizations to enlist
their yards and other properties in the fight against hunger by
employing edible landscaping to grow food and donate all or a portion
of their harvests to food banks as tax deductible in-kind gifts.
The community minded book won an award in the 2006 Southern Pacific
Relations Federation Lantern Awards competition based on such criteria
as originality, creativity, planning and effectiveness. Initially
planned as one book, the inclusion of a graphic of the Patricke
Peartree character onboard the current January 2007 flight of Genesis
II, an inflatable spacecraft owned by Nevada-based Bigelow Aerospace,
inspired the author to expand the saga into a three book series.
Based on a true story, a boy named Patricke earns his nickname
“Peartree” by becoming fascinated with his family’s
75 year old pear tree which is still producing fruit. With his
grandfather’s help, he delves into his rich Sicilian ancestry and
learns the ancient ways of farming, and most importantly, how to give
back by donating food to the Food Bank. Packed with fun historical
facts and website addresses for further reading, “Patricke
Peartree” will teach children of all ages about how they can help
needy children and their families.
“Patricke Peartree” even includes a packet of seeds in the
front of the book to help start your garden as well as a list of local
Food Banks. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will be donated
to GBRFB. For every $1.00 collated by the GBRFB, more than $10.00 worth
of food is distributed.
Bourgeois copyrighted the Patricke Peartree character separately for
licensing purposes. He has plans for T-shirts and a host of Patricke
Peartree products.”In short, I would like to see Patricke
Peartree become the same kind of voice for donation horticulture that
Smokey the Bear, for example, has been for fire prevention. When you
consider that an estimated 20 million Americans in city, urban and
rural areas planted Victory Gardens during World War II which produced
40 per cent of the food consumed at the time, you can get an idea of
the enormous potential there is in utilizing donation horticulture to
address the problem of hunger.”
obert Bigelow, visionary owner of the Budget suites of America hotel
chain, also owns Bigelow Aerospace, the firm he formed in order to
realize his dreams of establishing a commercial space complex by 2012.
The company’s first experimental craft, Genesis I, sucessfully
lifted off in July for 8 to 13 years orbit around the Earth. Genesis II
has just lifted off In January of 2007, and Bigelow Aerospace has
allowed members of the public to fly photos and other items onboard for
a small fee. Patricke Peartree, or at least a drawing of him, is
already on the flight. More information and photos from orbit can be
found at http://www.bigelowaerospace.com
Mike Bourgeois has a wonderful vision that is coming true every day. A
few years ago, a homeowner with just two pear trees in his back yard,
gave one ton of pears to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, some 1,000
pears from each tree. As America battles against obesity,
especially among the poor, such fresh produce is a very important
weapon in the fight.
To get your copy of “Patricke Peartree,” send $10.50 to
Bourgeois Enterprises, 537 Myrtle Hill Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70810.
You can get more information or order on the web at http://www.patrickepeartree.com