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By Laura A. Oda/Staff of Contra Costa Times
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A NEW DONATION of fruit-bearing trees arrived in Richmond on Friday, delivered by grower Tom Burchell, of Burchell Nursery. Burchell and his crew took 500 trees -- a mix of peach, cherry, nectarine, apricot and plum -- to Opportunity West and another 500 that he and his workers passed out at the Center for Human Development in the Shields-Reid Center in North Richmond.

The donation is the latest negotiated by El Cerrito-based group Self-Sustaining Communities (, which has persuaded growers to contribute more than 6,000 trees since November 2009 in its effort to help needy communities better provide for themselves.