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
28
Sat
9:00 am Solano County Demonstration Food... @ 2 Meet-up Locations (see details below)
Solano County Demonstration Food... @ 2 Meet-up Locations (see details below)
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm
Solano County Demonstration Food Forest Tours @ 2 Meet-up Locations (see details below)
Have you ever seen a food forest? Are you interested in growing your own food or want to replace your lawn with a more sustainable landscape? Do not miss out on the chance to tour[...]
9:00 am Solano County Demonstration Food...
Solano County Demonstration Food...
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Stay tuned for details about our demonstration food forest tours in Benicia (7 gardens) and Vallejo (2 gardens).  Sign up for our newsletter to not miss out on this exciting two-day event!
May
1
Tue
6:00 pm Weston A. Price Foundation Solan... @ Lockewood Acres Farm
Weston A. Price Foundation Solan... @ Lockewood Acres Farm
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Weston A. Price Foundation Solano Chapter Meeting: Potluck at Lockewood Acres Farm @ Lockewood Acres Farm
The Weston A. Price Foundation Solano Chapter (WAPF Solano) invites you to a potluck at Lockewood Acres Farm in Vacaville! Please bring a nutrient dense real food based dish to share with 4-6 people and[...]
May
5
Sat
9:00 am California Native Plant Society’... @ Heritage Presbyterian Church
California Native Plant Society’... @ Heritage Presbyterian Church
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
This sale is sponsored by the Willis Jepson Chapter, which serves CNPS members residing in Solano County. If you are interested in finding plants that are well suited to our soil and drought-prone climate, and attractive to people as[...]