Harvest Group

Cherry pickingThe Harvest Group – harvesting and sharing excess backyard produce within and amongst the community; sharing gardening skills through workshops, classes and caring for local fruit trees; and much more.


A child among the applesHow to be involved

GROWER: If you live within 20km of Castlemaine and your fruit trees produce more than you can handle, complete our Fruit Tree Registration Form online or download a form you can complete and return to the Community House, and our volunteers will harvest your excess. You also get free access to our fruit tree maintenance workshops and help from the volunteer team to maintain your trees.

We have a Shared Care Agreement which you can download here.

HARVESTER: Help to harvest and prune fruit trees, and you get a share of the fruit and free training in fruit tree maintenance. (Harvesting: January – June; maintenance: July – October). Read Our Volunteer information sheet and then download a form to register as a Harvest volunteer at the Community House. There is more information here on how to Harvest.

HARVEST TEAM LEADER: Want more? Lead harvest and pruning sessions as part of the core Harvest group and you’ll receive free additional training: a harvest induction, how to teach pruning, a Senior First Aid Certificate course and a police check.

Email harvest@cch.org.au or call 5472 4842 if you’re interested in being a Harvest Team Leader.

KEEP INFORMED: Growing Abundance sends a weekly email newsletter with details of all harvest and pruning events, workshops, bottling and preserving days and seasonal fruit growing tips. Join the mailing list here.

RECEIVE FRUIT: If you are connected to a local community organisation that could use harvested fruit in some way please email harvest@cch.org.au or call 5472 4842

If you want more information, please contact Sas Allardice at Castlemaine Community House on harvest@cch.org.au   or  5472 4842 or drop into the Community House at 54 Templeton Street, Castlemaine.

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Information sheets for backyard fruit growers

You can download the following information sheets:

A harvesting team of all ages

Harvesting together is fun!

More about the Harvest Group

The Harvest Group links local people     who are growing food and those who want to eat it. Enlisting volunteers, we harvest excess fruit and care for fruit trees growing on local private and public land.

Among other fun things, the Harvest Group also runs a series of affordable seasonal workshops to train volunteers and community members in skills relevant to fruit tree growing and maintenance and natural pest control.