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

Jun
21
Thu
5:00 pm Cultivate Community Food Co-op’s... @ Avant Garden
Cultivate Community Food Co-op’s... @ Avant Garden
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cultivate Community Food Co-op's Potluck Picnic in the Garden @ Avant Garden
Join us in the garden for an evening of connection and good food while learning about the progress CCFC is making. Every 3rd Thursday, weather permitting, beginning Thurs. April 19th, 5-7. Please bring your favorite food or[...]
Jun
27
Wed
6:00 pm Symphony of the Soil (film scree... @ Benicia Public Library
Symphony of the Soil (film scree... @ Benicia Public Library
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Symphony of the Soil (film screening) @ Benicia Public Library
Symphony of the Soil is a 104-minute documentary feature film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s mostesteemed soil scientists, farmers and[...]
Jun
30
Sat
10:00 am How to Not Spoil Your Soil @ Mission Solano
How to Not Spoil Your Soil @ Mission Solano
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Learn about permaculture principles and enjoy a guided tour of one of our newest demonstration food forests! This talk and tour will focus on soil restoration techniques using practices such as sheet mulching, rainwater catchment, composting and[...]
10:00 am Sustainable Solano Goes to the S... @ Solano County Fairgrounds
Sustainable Solano Goes to the S... @ Solano County Fairgrounds
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sustainable Solano Goes to the Solano County Fair! @ Solano County Fairgrounds
Meet the team behind the Solano sustainable movement at this year’s Solano County Fair! Interested in sustainable landscaping, building community resilience or changing our local food  system?  Stop and chat with us about practical solutions available[...]