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

Apr
9
Thu
4:00 pm Farm-to-Table Virtual Cooking Class @ Online/Zoom
Farm-to-Table Virtual Cooking Class @ Online/Zoom
Apr 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Join Sustainable Solano’s Local Food Program Manager Stephanie Oelsligle Jordan for a lively online demonstration cooking class that celebrates spring ingredients and supports local farmers. Learn tips and tricks for storing ingredients and cooking seasonally[...]
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11
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10:00 am POSTPONED: Vacaville: Vegetable ... @ Register for Address
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Apr 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SOME LATER DATE Join us for the installation of a vegetable garden that will benefit Opportunity House residents in Vacaville. This project will serve as a source of fresh[...]
Apr
18
Sat
9:00 am Benicia: Community Garden Indivi... @ Avant and Swenson gardens
Benicia: Community Garden Indivi... @ Avant and Swenson gardens
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The group workdays have been canceled due to shelter-at-home and physical distancing rules. Gardeners are encouraged to independently visit the garden to help with common area upkeep on their own, practicing safe physical distancing. Avant[...]
11:00 am Farm-to-Table Virtual Cooking Class @ Online/Zoom
Farm-to-Table Virtual Cooking Class @ Online/Zoom
Apr 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Join Sustainable Solano’s Local Food Program Manager Stephanie Oelsligle Jordan for a lively online demonstration cooking class that celebrates spring ingredients and supports local farmers. Learn tips and tricks for storing ingredients and cooking seasonally[...]