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

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