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Laguna Honda Hospital hoping to win a free orchard

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Oakland-based Dreyer's Ice Cream and the nonprofit Fruit Tree Planting Foundation are donating 17 orchards to civic institutions nation wide.
  • Oakland-based Dreyer's Ice Cream and the nonprofit Fruit Tree Planting Foundation are donating 17 orchards to civic institutions nation wide.

San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital is seeking your vote as it competes with other civic institutions around the country to receive a free orchard from an Oakland-based ice cream company.

The prize in the competition — run by Dreyer’s and the nonprofit Fruit Tree Planting Foundation — is an orchard, an irrigation system and a groundbreaking party replete with Dreyer’s fruit bars.

Laguna Honda officials said their 62-acre campus in the West of Twin Peaks neighborhood was the perfect place for an orchard because fruit trees would offer patients and the hospital’s 765 disabled and elderly residents a therapeutic gardening program and organic fruit.

Seventeen communities will get orchards, and Laguna Honda is the only Bay Area entrant. Voting takes place at CommunitiesTakeRoot.com until Aug. 31.

acrawford@sfexaminer.com