Join the Orchards Program

Membership in the Orchard requires an active interest in learning how to establish and manage a small productive orchard, and participation in 4-5 workdays during a year. If physical labor is outside your ability, we have administrative tasks and other volunteer projects with BCG that can be used in lieu of your active physical work at the Orchard.

Membership fees are $50 a year that pay for water, additional material as needed (organic fertilizers, compost and mulch), and a small fee for a professional orchardist who helps us with the upkeep and further development.

The planned number of members of the Orchard is 25 families. While most people have joined the Orchard for the long run, circumstances do change and we might have an opening from time to time. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Orchard, please email gardens@sustainablesolano.org and tell us about yourself and why would you like to join the community orchard.

We’d like to extend our warm invitation to the community members of Solano County to learn about modern small orchard management together. Throughout the year, we have a few classes and workshops that are free and open to the public.

Workshop 1 “Care for the Orchard”

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Upcoming Events

Jan
25
Sat
9:30 am Benicia: Demonstration Food Fore... @ A Benicia home
Benicia: Demonstration Food Fore... @ A Benicia home
Jan 25 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
This public, hands-on installation workshop series will create a demonstration food forest garden in Benicia, creating an opportunity to learn about rainwater capture, simple greywater systems that reuse household water and how to plant and[...]
Jan
26
Sun
11:00 am Vallejo: Year-Round Garden Plann... @ Grow a Pear Nursery
Vallejo: Year-Round Garden Plann... @ Grow a Pear Nursery
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Learn what, how and when to start planting for a well-timed and productive year-round garden here in the Bay Area using organic methods. We will talk about propagation, companion planting, cover crops, perennials, and choosing[...]
Jan
29
Wed
6:00 pm Slow Food Solano Annual Meeting @ RSVP for location
Slow Food Solano Annual Meeting @ RSVP for location
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm
Public invited to Slow Food Solano Annual Meeting Slow Food Solano will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, January 29 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend the meeting and learn about the[...]
Feb
1
Sat
all-day Solano County Water Awareness Vi...
Solano County Water Awareness Vi...
Feb 1 all-day
Solano County Water Awareness Video Contest
The Solano County Water Agency has launched its 2020 video contest, open to middle and high school students in the county. This year’s challenge is to create “H2O Tunes” videos featuring water efficiency tips put[...]