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

Apr
23
Tue
6:30 pm Benicia: Growing a Kitchen Herb ... @ Benicia Library
Benicia: Growing a Kitchen Herb ... @ Benicia Library
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm
Benicia: Growing a Kitchen Herb Garden @ Benicia Library
Learn from Master Gardeners how to grow an easy, pretty, gourmet kitchen herb garden.
Apr
24
Wed
6:00 pm Benicia: Planting Your Community... @ Avant Garden
Benicia: Planting Your Community... @ Avant Garden
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Master Gardener Sheila Clyatt discusses and demonstrates planting and caring for your community garden plot. Tour the garden with Sheila as she explains what specific plants give you the most bang for your buck, how[...]
Apr
25
Thu
6:30 pm Vallejo: Movie Screening: ‘Modif... @ Empress Theater
Vallejo: Movie Screening: ‘Modif... @ Empress Theater
Apr 25 @ 6:30 pm
Cultivate Community Food Cooperative presents the award-winning documentary, ‘Modified’ at the Empress Theater in Vallejo. Doors open at 6:30 pm. The movie starts at 7:30 pm. There will be food (featured in the movie) for[...]
Apr
27
Sat
8:45 am Benicia: ‘Dig in Deeper’ with Pe... @ Avant Garden
Benicia: ‘Dig in Deeper’ with Pe... @ Avant Garden
Apr 27 @ 8:45 am
As part of our annual Benicia & Vallejo Demonstration Food Forest Garden Tour on April 27, we wanted to offer something extra for a select group of attendees interested in learning more about permaculture and[...]