The Harvest Group creates links between those 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. The abundant food that would otherwise have gone to waste is shared between the volunteers, the tree owners and community groups. The volunteers are also trained in fruit tree maintenance and return to give all trees some TLC throughout winter and spring, ensuring the continued health and vigour of these trees.
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.
Want to know more?
For more info on the Harvest Group, or to register your trees for harvesting and pruning, contact Sas Allardice at Castlemaine Community House on firstname.lastname@example.org or 5472 4842 or drop into the Community House at 210 Barker St, Castlemaine.
Collectively, during the 2012 season, we gathered over 6.7 tonnes of fruit from backyards around the shire in over 30 harvests across 20 sites. We attracted 185 volunteers on prunings and harvests (some more than once), fed half a tonne of windfall to local chooks and cared for over 180 trees.
If you want to get involved, please contact us by phone: (03)5472 4842 or email: email@example.com
PDF forms for download -
- for info on being a volunteer: harvest volunteer information sheet
- to register as a Harvest Volunteer Registration Form
- The GGF Simple Pruning Guide
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