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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Feb
3
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9:30 am (Sebastopol) Winter Fruit Tree P... @ Location provided upon registration
(Sebastopol) Winter Fruit Tree P... @ Location provided upon registration
Feb 3 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
(Sebastopol) Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop with David Shaw @ Location provided upon registration
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5:00 pm Denise Rushing Speaks in Suisun ... @ Suisun Harbor Theatre
Denise Rushing Speaks in Suisun ... @ Suisun Harbor Theatre
Feb 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Denise Rushing Speaks in Suisun City! @ Suisun Harbor Theatre
Join us for the launch of our Conversations program speaker series in Suisun City with author, permaculture expert and former elected official (Lake County Board of Supervisors) Denise Rushing. This a FREE event but registration[...]
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8
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6:00 pm Suisun City Sustainable Landscap... @ The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
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Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Suisun City Sustainable Landscape Class with Kathleen Huffman @ The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
Register Here. Fairfield-based permaculture designer and landscaper, Kathleen Huffman, will teach about sustainable landscaping: beautiful, productive, life-supporting ecosystems featuring trees and a variety of perennials fed by “secondary” water (greywater and rainwater). We’ll discuss edible landscaping, examine[...]