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

Market Day!

Thanks to everyone who bought jam or took fliers at the Ballarat Farmers Market yesterday!  We had a great day up by Lake Wendouree, with loads of jam sales and lots of interest in the project.  Kris & Sandy staffed the stall, with Ellen providing tech support from her adjoining stall and Steve doing a … Continue reading Market Day!

Cook up

On April 3, we held the first Hidden Orchard cook up – turning various harvested fruits into jams, lemon butter & other goodies.  Here are some shots from the day! Thanks to everyone who came along: some jars went home with participants and others may be available for sale as a Hidden Orchard fundraiser at … Continue reading Cook up

Big cook up

Next Monday we are hosting our first Hidden Orchard Community Jam and Sauce Making Day. A chance to get together and preserve some of the Hidden Orchard harvest. No experience is necessary. We’ll be working together and it will be a great opportunity to share and learn new skills. All the ingredients including fruit harvested during … Continue reading Big cook up

Wild orchards in Ballarat

This morning we harvested from a couple of older yards that had been sensibly planted with food security in mind (long before food security was a ‘thing’)!  One was in Sturt St and included apple, lemon, fig and walnut trees.  The second was this crazy wild backyard in Ballarat East; behind a Victorian house in … Continue reading Wild orchards in Ballarat

Saturday bonanza

Over 40 kg of plums and nearly 90 kg of apples were harvested this morning, with the bulk of the harvest distributed to Food is Free Laneway.  This amazing bounty came from just three trees!  The plum tree (see picture below) didn’t look that stunning until you got up close – it was loaded with … Continue reading Saturday bonanza