We had nearly 20 people at the Hidden Orchard meeting tonight – with several others giving apologies and letting us know that they are keen to be involved. Fabulous! Thanks to everyone who came along; it was a great meeting where we outlined THO history, talked about our vision for the future and shared more … Continue reading Thanks!
Please come to the Hidden Orchard meeting on Tuesday October 9th! We need more harvest and cook-up leaders, as well as new people on the committee. Last season, we had more opportunities to harvest, distribute & process fruit than we could respond to, so we’ve done some brainstorming and are currently on a volunteer recruitment … Continue reading New opportunities to get involved
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
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
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
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
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
Did you see us featured in the current edition of The Weekly Times? If not, here is the article Hope you enjoy it! 🙂 Continue reading The Weekly Times
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!
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