We are a young organisation born in August 2014 with the intention that one day locals can harvest, cook with shared recipes and then eat produce from the fruit trees they planted with their own hands. Our site is in the heart of White Gum Valley, Fremantle, adjacent to Hazel Orme Kindergarten.
In October 2017 we celebrated 3 years onsite and almost all our orchard in the ground and enjoying our first harvest of bananas!
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Our Concept Plan
Anyone ever tried a fruit from the Davidson's Plum?! We look forward to taste testing it along with some white sapotes, mangoes, midyim berries, plums, macadamias...to name but a few of the many fruits and nuts we are now growing in the orchard, moving closer to our dream of community harvests of, and culinary gatherings centred on, the produce we grow through the seasons.
In January 2015, our skilled orchard member Zoe Williamson, led a workshop with the committee and interested members to design the placement of all our future trees according to sun, water and space requirements. The resulting concept plan isn't set in stone though. Our tree list will change over time as we learn more from each other and the saplings' success or otherwise.
In October 2016 we planted our citrus grove and this marked a significant point in the establishment of the orchard, with the majority of trees now in the ground. In the summer of 2016-17 the first harvests began with bananas and tamarillos.
Winter Solstice Event & Lantern Parade- Friday June 21st from 3pm
The winter solstice event will be on in the Orchard from 3-ish until dusk when we gather for the lantern parade. More details coming....
2019 Olive Harvest complete
We are picking on verges in the Valley and in Booyeembara, picking a total of 492 kg of olives (up from 450kg in 2018). The oil percentage was down on last year, but still a really good result - with 81 litres of oil produced. Great effort from such small olives this year!
In our 3rd summer on site we are now harvesting bananas and figs
It has taken a while for the many hands of Cavendish bananas to ripen but they are finally turning yellow as the summer wears on and tasting good. We also have a small crop of figs on our Blue Jenny fig. We have a policy of if you give a little to the Orchard, then feel free to enjoy its fruits as they ripen. If you're not a member yet, sign up here or on our mailing list for busy bees and other events, email us.
Summer Fiesta sets the Orchard alive-Nov
A successful partnership between the orchard and Hazel Orme Kindergarten saw the Orchard buzzing with live music, whip cracking entertainment, fire truck visit, a nature mosaic and a great turnip of locals.
We've turned 3 (Oct-2017) & celebrated the completion of our art project
In addition to our new banner, the shed shutters and doors adorned with artwork. We celebrated over a delicious sweets table in the shade of the banana grove and then got into some watering, weeding, pruning and understory planting.
Our olive harvests 2017 & 2018
We had a great Citrus Workshop, thanks to Peter Coppin and all of you who attended.
We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (particularly the 'Whatjuk people of the Noongar nation) as the traditional custodians of this country and its waters. We wish to pay respects to the elders past and present and extend this to all Aboriginal people.