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

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!