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Vancouver’s Copely Community Orchard gets perennial fruit production course

EYA is offering a 5-month, high quality Organic Orchard Management Training course

2 Saturdays per month, from February to June, 2013
$100 ($75 for youth under 25)

A 5-month program designed for urban agriculture enthusiast looking to add organic perennial food production to their skill set. In-class, theoretical workshops will be complimented by hand-on skill building at Copely Community Orchard.

Copely Community Orchard

Membership in the orchard project is in the form of a share. The orchard will be cultivated collectively for the first two years. This means that there will be no individual plots, but rather the members will collectively manage and maintain the orchard along with the Environmental Youth Alliance. Members will also collectively share the harvest. The EYA will be providing skill-building workshops for the membership on various topics such as pruning, grafting, soil building and canning. We encourage each individual who would like to participate in educational workshops and receive some of the harvest to buy a membership share. As well share holders commit to attend work parties (no more than 1x per month), and will receive invitations to orchard events such as harvest celebrations.

A Member share costs $20. This cost currently covers a very small portion of the costs of installing and maintaining the orchard, including the purchase of all plant materials, infrastructure, soil amendments and coordination. There will be no additional costs for members in the first year for educational workshops, fruit trees, shrubs, infrastructure and soil amendments. Payment for shares will be accepted upon confirmation of your membership application. You will receive an email in early April with further information about how to pay.

Organic Orchard Management Training course here.

See Copely Community Orchard here.