Orchardfest success

Big thanks to John & Lesley for being such wonderful hosts at the Orchard harvest this afternoon.  After Jackie, Jen, Barbara, Luk, David, John, Lee, Wendy, Angelina, Bronwyn, Trevor, Josje, Clara, Pepper and myself had braved the European wasps and harvested about 200 kg of fruit, John & Lesley appeared with jars of jam to … Continue reading Orchardfest success

Orchardfest

Big harvest coming up this Saturday! We’ve been invited to harvest fruit from a magnificent local home orchard – apples, pears, nashi & quince are ready to pick.  This is a great orchard; well designed, well maintained and no sprays or chemicals used.  We’ve created 15 spaces for the event so it’ll be a fun … Continue reading Orchardfest

Pear harvest

We had a great time last night picking some fabulous Beurre Bosc pears. To fit in with 9-5 workers, the harvest kicked off at 6.30, which gave us just enough time to strip this tree.  The owner only wanted a bag or so for her daughter to stew, so the rest of the pears were … Continue reading Pear harvest

Pear harvest

We’re experimenting with a few early evening harvests, as well as continuing our daytime ones.  This is because a few volunteers work full-time and have asked for harvests outside regular work hours. Next Tuesday, we’re harvesting from a heavily-laden pear tree.  It is dropping pears now so we’d better get to it – and the … Continue reading Pear harvest

Apple Harvest

2018 for The Hidden Orchard is in full swing! This evening we had an excellent apple harvest with 4 first time volunteers, led by Ellen and Sandy. We spent an hour picking big green apples from a huge tree in Brown Hill, leaving plenty of apples that were out of our reach for the neighbourhood … Continue reading Apple Harvest

Crab apple harvest

What better way to celebrate the first day of Autumn than to climb a tree and harvest crab apples! Over 30 kg of these lovely large crabs were harvested in under an hour.  The homeowners were very happy to see them go to good homes; half went off to Food is Free Laneway and the … Continue reading Crab apple harvest

Here we come!

The harvest season is starting to stir – we’ve had several volunteer inquiries and fruit tree registrations in the last week or so… and even a couple of very small harvests (too small to make them picking events). The THO committee meet last Friday and put a few plans in place for the coming season.  … Continue reading Here we come!

Library talk

Committee member Ellen Burns spoke about The Hidden Orchard to a group at the Ballarat Central Library on Wednesday Dec 20. We were one of a number of community groups sharing about their activities to potential volunteers.  As usual, people loved the concept, so we hope a few jump on the website and register. Continue reading Library talk