The Guelph Community Orchard began with edible tree plantings on two urban sites in 2012 – Harcourt Memorial United Church, and the Guelph Community Christian School (GCCS). For 2013 we are gearing up to plant trees at one or two new locations, and complete the orchard plantings at Guelph Community Christian School and Harcourt Memorial United Church.
As part of Transition Guelph, The Guelph Community Orchard aims to:
1. Nurture relationships between residents, school and church groups, urban farmers, and environmental organizations;
2. Foster fruit and nut tree awareness through demonstration and the delivery of education programs;
3. Increase food security through providing fruit and nut donations to local community members, and food shelfs/food banks; and
4. Make a positive difference to the local environment by planting edible trees, conserving urban greenspace, creating habitat for wildlife, improving air quality , and reducing the community’s carbon footprint.
We strive to create and empower the plantings of Community Orchards and Edible Food Forests in the Guelph community. We are committed to growing orchards that look great, provide delicious food for visitors, and reflect values of community and environmental stewardship.
And we want to share: Our seeds and plant stock from the trees grown will be available for other interested community gardens and public organizations.
Who’s in charge: The Guelph Community Orchard is the collaborative effort of a number of community members from varying backgrounds: landscape architects, teachers, farmers, garden enthusiasts, and more! If you would like to be a part of our core planning team, your commitment would be attending about one monthly meeting, and taking on varying planning tasks including (but not limited to) grant writing, event planning, blog writing, Orchard Designing, Orchard dreaming, and more!
If you care to volunteer for the orchards we will add you to our mailing list- please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are concept drawings and photos of some of our dreams for the first two planting sites: