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 $95 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 info@sustainablesolano.org and tell us about yourself and why would you like to join the community orchard.

You can find a copy of the Orchard Membership Agreement here.

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

Jul
11
Sat
9:00 am Half Day Canning Workshop @ The Barn and Pantry
Half Day Canning Workshop @ The Barn and Pantry
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Come learn the basics of preservation! Can, pickle, ferment and jam! If Covid has taught us anything, it’s that commercial food systems can be unsustainable and basic homesteading knowledge is important. The Barn and Pantry[...]
11:00 am Virtual Sustainable Gardening 101 @ Online
Virtual Sustainable Gardening 101 @ Online
Jul 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Learn how easy and fun gardening can be!! Lori Caldwell, owner of CompostGal Consulting, will teach you the basics of becoming a successful first- time gardener. Topics will include: deciphering the terminology, plants 101, healthy[...]
Jul
13
Mon
6:00 pm Personal Permaculture: Vital Lif... @ Online/Zoom
Personal Permaculture: Vital Lif... @ Online/Zoom
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Personal Permaculture: Vital Life Skills to Support and Restore the Resource of Self Join us July 13 for a live presentation on Personal Permaculture/Ecology with Anne Freiwald. What is Personal Permaculture/ Ecology? We will explore[...]
Jul
15
Wed
5:30 pm Fruit Jam and Jelly Making @ The Barn and Pantry
Fruit Jam and Jelly Making @ The Barn and Pantry
Jul 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Learn the difference between Jam and Jelly, take home a jar of each made with two different seasonal fruits! If Covid has taught us anything, it’s that commercial food systems can be unsustainable and basic[...]