Copley Community Orchard Annual General Meeting @ Cedar Cottage

Copley Community Orchard poster for event

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All Copley members and potential members are welcome to the Copley Community Orchard Annual General Meeting @ Cedar Cottage

Saturday, March 7th between 3—5:30pm

Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, 4065 Victoria Drive

Our 130 trees and berry bushes at Copley are putting on good growth and getting ready to bear fruit. At this springtime annual meeting we’ll look back at where we’ve come from, and forward to the busy season ahead.We are looking forward to seeing you!

Questions? Email us at membership@copleycommunityorchard.com

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Copley Orchard thanks Cedar Cottage Neighourhood House youth team for their help

by Helen Speigleman, Community Resident

Originally published in the Kensington Cedar Cottage Neighbour, November 2014


If you take a walk through Copley Community Orchard (located on a sloping field just west of Nanaimo Skytrain station) you’ll see six new wooden benches like the one pictured here.

The comfortable benches all have beautiful views of the orchard and the surrounding landscape, and they’re already being used regularly by neighbours and people passing through. An energetic team of young people from Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House (http://www.cedarcottage.org/ ) played a big role in creating these benches. They presented themselves one Saturday morning last summer and offered to help out at our work party. Not only did they water thirsty trees and weed blueberry beds, they also assembled and installed all six of our new benches!

It was hard work in the hot sun, loading and hauling one metric tonne of chipped rock for the foundations of the benches, as well as using power tools to construct the benches from pieces that had been cut in advance.

Amy Wong, Michael Wong, Justin Li, David Liang, Jasper Deng, David Cao and Shawn Thai stuck to their tasks with good humour and patience. By the time we broke for lunch, the benches were ready to use.

CCNH youth taking a break to eat.

Working up an appetite!

 

After the project was done, the kids confessed they were surprised by the task they were assigned, but that they did not mind it. Recently the kids said they have come back to the Orchard to sit on the benches and to show them off to their friends. They called the bench-building “an amazing experience” and offered to help out if we want to build a garden shed.

They also suggested they might help us build some traps to keep pests away from the plants – and maybe some fences!

Using drill to screw wood together to make bench

Everything coming together with power tools!

Shovelling gravel to prepare the base for the benches

Shovelling gravel to prepare the base for the benches.

The final product. Benches ready for sitting.

The final product. Benches ready for sitting.

The benches were made possible with a 2014 Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grant  and a generous donation of a gallon of eco-friendly wood stain from Greenworks Building Supply at 79 West 3rd Avenue, a store that specializes in ecologically designed products.

Wayne Fung offered up his backyard woodworking shop to help build the prototype bench and then he and George Spiegelman cut out and sanded the pieces ready to assemble. Rick Jang was on hand to guide and support the young volunteers on the day of the construction. What a great team!

Originally published in the Kensington Cedar Cottage Neighbour, November 2014

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Upcoming Copley Dates!

Happy almost spring!  We have some important dates coming up at Copley
Community Orchard to share with you.

Saturday February 21st, 1:00 pm – We will be meeting at the Orchard to
prune the apple trees.  If you are interested in learning by watching and
doing, you are welcome to join in.

Friday February 27th, 1:00pm – We will be meeting at the Orchard to prune
the heritage trees.  If you are interested in learning by watching and
doing, you are welcome to join in.

Sunday, March 1, 1:00pm – We will be meeting at the Orchard to apply a
dormant spray to the trees.  This will be weather dependent as the spray
cannot be applied if it is raining.  If you are interested in learning by
watching and doing, you are welcome to join in.

Saturday, March 7, 3:00pm to 5:30pm – This will be our Annual General
Meeting (AGM).  All members and interested members of the community are
invited to attend.  Our 200 trees and berry bushes at Copley are putting
on good growth and getting ready to bear fruit. At this springtime annual
meeting, we will look back at where we’ve come — and forward to the
season ahead.

We hope to see you soon!

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3rd Annual Harvest Celebration, Sunday, Oct 26th!

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We hope you’ll come to the 3rd Annual Harvest Party! Last year’s was a lot of fun and was a great way to celebrate each other, delicious local food, and all the work we put in at the Orchard. We’ve had a successful year, let’s celebrate again!

There will be live music, family fun, fresh apple cider and good company and cheer! It will be a potluck again, so bring your delicious fall fare.

Also…Enter a pie in the pie-baking contest! Just bring your pie and see if it is voted the favorite.   

When: Sunday, October 26

Where: Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, Lakewood Rm

Time: Doors at 5:30, Dinner at 6 (we’ll party until about 8!)

What to Bring:

  • Your potluck item!
  • Your plate, utensils & mug (Tea will be provided.)
  • Your pie to show off your pie-making skills

We are also looking for donations of gifts for door prizes, raffle, etc.  Please let us know in advance via email if you are able to contribute something.

RSVPs required please! Let us know if you’re coming, and how many adults/children will be there. If you’re able to come at 5 PM to help set up, please let us know this too.  RSVP to membership@copleycommunityorchard.com

See attached poster above for more details.

Hope to see you there!

Copley Community Orchard

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Last work party of the season

Yes, sadly it’s here. Our last work party of the season will be held this Sunday, October 5th.   Details on the End of the Season Harvest Party on Sunday, October 26h will be coming shortly.

 

OCTOBER WORK PARTY

  • Date: Sunday, October 5th
  • Time: 10am – 2pm
  • Potluck @ 1 PM

**Please bring wheelbarrows if you have any**

 

We will be:

  • Spread leaf mulch
  • Sort compost into categories
  • Initial preparation of new raspberry beds
  • Measure trees

 

Don’t forget:

  • Dress for the weather
  • Water bottle
  • Potluck item (please label with ingredients so we can respect the needs of those with food concerns)
  • Plate and cutlery

See you Sunday!

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Apple Season!

This upcoming Saturday, September 6 is our next work party!  It will be the big apple harvest.  We hope you can make it out.

Also, mark your calendars!  The Copley end of the season Harvest Party will take place on Sunday, October 26th at Trout Lake Community Centre.

SEPTEMBER WORK PARTY

Date: Saturday, September 6

Time: 10am – 2pm

Potluck @ 1 PM

We will be learning about the uses of some of the herbs growing in the raised beds, and harvesting some to store and use over the winter.

We will also:

– remove blighted pear trees
– renovate/thin strawberry beds
– clean up around Hawthorne
– harvest apples
– attend to damaged branches on heritage apple trees
– widen blueberry circles

Don’t forget:

  • dress for the weather
  • water bottle
  • potluck item (please label with ingredients so we can respect the needs of those with food concerns)
  • plate and cutlery

Donation Requests:

  • work gloves
  • hand tools for weeding
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Check out and help build the new benches this weekend at Copley Community Orchard!

It is time for our next work party at the fantastic Copley Community Orchard on SUNDAY, AUGUST 10.  Please mark your calendars!  The fruit trees are coming along great, but the site needs lots of helping hands this time of year.

Work Party

Date: Sunday August 10, 2014

Time: 10am – 2pm

Potluck @ 1 PM

 

We will be learning how to build beautiful benches for gardens!

 

We will be:

  • building and installing benches
  • using comfrey for mulch
  • removing blighted pear trees
  • removing knot weed
  • adding wood chips to the blueberries
  • renewing the raspberry beds
  • weeding
  • tidying the site

Don’t forget:

  • dress for the weather
  • water bottle
  • potluck item (please label with ingredients so we can respect the needs of those with food concerns)
  • plate and cutlery

Donation Requests:

  • work gloves
  • hand tools for weeding

Future Work Parties:

Sunday, August 10

Saturday, September 6

Sunday, October 5

 

We look forward to seeing you there!  Everyone is welcome!

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Summer Work Party at Copley Community Orchard

July is here and it’s time to harvest currents!

At this work party we are going to learn about summer pruning, integrated pest management and maintaining a honey bee hive!

Work Party

Date: Saturday July 5, 2014

Time: 10am – 2pm

Potluck @ 1 PM

Tasks for the work party:

  • Summer pruning
  • Integrated pest management – aphids, codling moth
  • Weeding tree-wells and around berries
  • weed/ clean up accessible beds, pollinator beds, dry creek bed
  • mowing
  • watering
  • Clean up strawberries beds

Don’t forget:

  • dress for the weather
  • water bottle
  • potluck item (please label with ingredients so we can respect the needs of those with food concerns)
  • plate and cutlery

Donation Requests:

  • work gloves
  • hand tools for weeding

 

We look forward to seeing everyone at Copley Community Orchard!

 

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Honey Bees at the Orchard

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Come see HONEY BEES

at Copley Community Orchard this Saturday, July 5th at 1:00pm.

There will be honey bees, beekeeper suits to try on, different types of honey to taste and cupcakes to enjoy.

 

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You Are Invited to Help Plant Apple Trees at Copley Community Orchard

We hope to see you this coming Saturday May 3rd at Copley Community Orchard!  With spring here we will be learning about Integrated Pest Management (IMP) and lawn mower maintenance.  We will be planting apple trees as well.

Work Party

Date: Saturday May 3, 2014

Time: 10am – 2pm

Potluck @ 1 PM

Tasks for the work party:

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – we will be inspecting the trees for aphids, leaf rollers and other pests.
Applying fertilizer
Lawn mower maintenance
Grass cutting
Weeding
Removing sod around blueberries, and replacing with wood chips
General clean up around the orchard
Planting apple trees

Don’t forget:

  • dress for the weather
  • water bottle
  • potluck item (please label with ingredients so we can respect the needs of those with food concerns)
  • plate and cutlery

Donation Requests:

  • work gloves
  • hand tools for weeding

 

We look forward to seeing everyone at Copley Community Orchard!

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2014 First Work Party!

Welcome to Season #3!!

We hope to see you this coming Sunday, April 6th at Copley Community Orchard!  We look forward to welcoming back last year’s members and giving tours to this year’s new members.  It will be a busy day with lots to get done!

Work Party

Date: Sunday, April  6, 2014

Time: 10am – 2pm

Potluck @ 1 PM

Tasks for the work party:

  • apply fertilizer
  • tend to strawberries
  • general clean/tidy up
  • remove small apple trees previously decided to be removed (North side of North path)
  • investigate raspberry support structure needs
  •  plant pollinator/beneficial mix in dry stream bed
  • weeding

We will also be talking about spring pest management and fruit tree life cycles.

Don’t forget:

  • dress for the weather
  • water bottle
  • potluck item (please label with ingredients so we can respect the needs of those with food concerns)
  • plate and cutlery

Donation Requests:

  • work gloves
  • hand tools for weeding

 

We look forward to seeing everyone for season three at Copley Community Orchard!

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Third Season at Copley Community Orchard!

Come join us for the third season at Copley Community Orchard!  Everyone is welcome. No experience is necessary!

Copley Community Orchard is an urban orchard located in Vancouver, British Columbia.  It is a place to celebrate the benefits of growing fruit trees, berry bushes and other perennial plants, educating people on their cultivation, and creating a beautiful and productive space accessible to all.

If you are interested in membership or becoming a volunteer, please contact membership@copleycommunityorchard.com

Save the dates!  (10am to 2pm)

• Sunday, April 6th

• Saturday, May 3th

• Sunday, June 8nd

• Saturday, July 5th

• Sunday August 10th

• Saturday, September 6th

• Sunday, October 5th

 

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The last work party of 2013!

We hope to see you this coming Sunday, October 6th at the Orchard! We’re also starting to plan what’s going to go along the dry stream bed. If you’re interested, see below for how to get involved!

Date: Sunday, October 6, 2013

Time: 10am – 2pm

Potluck @ 1 PM

During this work party, we will be:

  • sifting woodchips and mulch tree wells
  • weeding
  • picking apples
  • removing Japanese knot weed
  • mowing
  • dividing perennials
  • tidying shed
  • cutting down asparagus
  • working on the dry stream bed

Don’t forget:.

-dress for the weather

-water bottle

-potluck item (please label with ingredients so we can respect the needs of those with food concerns)

-plate and cutlery

Donation Requests:

We’re looking for these items:

  • work gloves
  • hand tools for weeding
  • fruit picker

Dry Stream Bed Planting Choices – Do you want to be involved?

The dry stream bed next to the shed needs plants! Do you want to be involved in coming up with a theme and choosing plants for this area? No experience needed as there are folks with lots of experience to help!  Please contact information@copleycommunityorchard.com

Hold the Date: October 19

We’re planning to celebrate all the work we’ve done this season on October 19 in the late afternoon. Hold the date and more details to come soon!

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

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Copley Community Orchard’s September Work Party

We hope to see you this coming Saturday, September 7th at Copley Community Orchard!  It will be a busy day with lots to get done! If you can, please bring cardboard and Rubbermaid-type containers to donate.  There will be a herb walk to share uses of “weeds” that are growing on site, and some of the history of the creek that used to run through the Orchard will be shared.

Work Party

Date: Saturday, September 7

Time: 10am – 2pm

Potluck @ 1 PM

 

The following things need work:

-Staking new trees on South pathway

-Thinning and transplanting strawberries

-Attending to raspberries

-Picking up dropped apples, Harvesting apples

-Continue moving compost to dry stream bed

-Remarking/ numbering trees

-Tidying shed

-Tool inventory/ relabeling tools

-Watering, Mowing, Weeding tree wells

-Continue berry patch sod removal

What to Bring:

-Cardboard for mulching around the dry stream bed

-Do you have Rubbermaid-type bins that you’d be willing to part with and donate to the Orchard? We need them for organizing in the shed.

 

Hold the date for the final work party:

Sunday, October 6th

 

And keep an eye on your inbox for the date for the next Orchard Meeting and the 2nd Annual Harvest Party!

 

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

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Come join us on August 11th!

We hope to see you on Sunday, August 11th at Copley Community Orchard!  We will be offering a number of training sessions to learn about proper techniques of watering plants, integrated pest management, transplanting strawberries and taking care of asparagus beds.

We are going to be:

-Harvesting berries

-Transplanting strawberries

-Maintaining asparagus beds

-Mowing

-Weeding tree wells and the universally accessible bed!

-Taking care of our trees – fertilizing, fruit thinning, integrated pest management!

-Continuing with the berry patch sod removal!

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Second Growing Season, Third Work Party!

Hope to see you on Sunday, June 2nd at Copley Community Orchard!  We will be offering a number of training sessions to learn about fertilizing, fruit thinning, and integrated pest management. Please come right at 10, as we will be starting off the day with this educational component and then getting to work!

10 AM:

Anthony McCullough will be talking about Fertilizing.

Hartley Rosen and Daniel Romaine will be sharing knowledge about Fruit Thinning.

Hartley and Daniel will be showing us how to identify and remove Aphids and Leaf Rollers, from an Integrated Pest Management perspective.

12 PM:

Alice Macpherson will give a workshop on maximizing food production in a small space.

1 PM:

Potluck

We are going to be:

-Mowing!

-Weeding tree wells and the universally accessible bed!

-Taking care of our trees – fertilizing, fruit thinning, integrated pest management!

-Continuing with the berry patch sod removal!

Everyone is welcome!

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Air Layering – Educational Opportunity this Sunday

If you are interested in learning about air layering, an Asian Apple Pear tree will be layered on Sunday April 28, 2013.  A couple of branches will be layered every hour on the hour, starting at 10am to 4pm.

This is NOT at Copley Community Orchard.  The address is 4211 Dundas street, Burnaby.

 

 

layering (600 x 337)

Air layering is a procedure where one chooses and skives 3/4 of an inch of bark from the lower part of a branch.  Rooting compound is applied to the open area and then covered with moist sphagnum moss, plastic and foil.  Over a period of months the wound should send roots looking for moisture, resulting in a root ball in the fall.  The branch is cut from the mother tree and planted in the ground.

This photo shows air layering on Asian pear tree.  The procedure can produce a rooted sapling in six months about 30% of the time.

For more information, see this wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Layering

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Urban Garden Fair

It’s an URBAN GARDEN FAIR!

Sunday, April 21st, 11am – 3pm

Come and see what’s been growing in the Kensington-Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood!

Along the Skytrain line, between the Nanaimo and Commercial-Broadway stations are three amazing urban agriculture projects.

The Cedar Cottage Garden, Copley Community Orchard and Crow’s Point Community Garden will all be on-site April 21st to share with you what they’ve been up to!

There will be fun activities for all ages, food, prizes, a perennial plant sale, workshops and more.

Start your neighbourhood garden tour at any of the three sites and pick up a beautiful map that you can colour in and drop off at your final stop to be entered into a draw to WIN some great prizes (blueberry bushes, strawberry plants and more!)

**Please note each garden will be open for the fair over a different time period**

Crow’s Point – 11am – 2pm

Cedar Cottage Garden – 11am – 3pm

Copley Community Orchard – 1pm – 3pm

ALL GARDENS OPEN from 1pm – 2pm

Click here to see a map of the different sites.

Urban Garden Fair 2013

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Save the Dates for Copley Community Orchard 2013 Work Parties!

We are all very excited about the 2nd growing season at Copley Community Orchard.

Both members and volunteers are welcome to come out and join us!

To become a member, please click here.

Save these dates:

• Sunday, April 7th
• Saturday, May 4th
• Sunday, June 2nd
• Saturday, July 6th
• Sunday August 11th
• Saturday, September 7th
• Sunday, October 6th

Other important notes:

• We MAY also add optional weekday evenings in mid-summer.

• This year the work parties will be from 10am-2pm with a potluck at 1pm.

• People can also contribute hours through watering, mowing, etc.

 

We Look Forward to Seeing You at

Copley Community Orchard!

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Mini-Work Party to Improve the Paths

While the orchard has been in hibernation mode for the past couple of months, our dedicated group of volunteers have not!

On Sunday January 27th, at 12 noon, we are having a mini-work party to deal with some gravel we are having delivered to the site to continue to build up the accessibility of the paths.

If you’re interested, please RSVP Jodi, at jodipeters@eya.ca.

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Organic Orchard Management Program at Copley Community Orchard

The EYA is proud to host the Organic Orchard Management Program, at Copley Community Orchard in East Vancouver.

We are offering a comprehensive, hands-on training program with a number of local experts instructing courses in the following topics:

-Overview of a year in the orchard

-Pruning and Canopy Management

-Integrated Pest Management and Holistic Orchard Health

-Soils and Orchard Fertility

-Berry production

-Pollination and Crop load management

-Grafting

-Trellises and other orchard infrastructure

For more information for the Organic Orchard Management Training Program, click here.

The deadline to apply is January 18th, 2012.

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Frog Hollow Press Fest and Harvest Celebration

Come on out and join your neighbourhood in celebrating the fall harvest and bring home some fresh (non-alcoholic) apple cider.

Meet area farmers, enjoy harvest themed activities and learn first hand how to press apples into a sweet cider that can be boiled, bottled and enjoyed year-round. Local apples will be provided from Copley Community Orchard.

A home-made press will be on hand, as well as a brand new but old fashioned press generously provided by the Vancouver Homesteaders Emporium.

BYOJ (Bring your own jug)

The Details:

Sunday October 28, 2012 1-5 pm

Van Tech High School

This is a family neighbourhood event and is open to everyone.

Exhibitors Include:

Duncan’s Backyard Henhouses

Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society

Vancouver Homesteaders Emporium

 

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More Trees!

The EYA is ready to plant some more fruit trees and we would love your help! All this year we have been working with the community on the Copley Community Orchard project. We have one final step before we take a break for the winter, and that is to plant a whole bunch of dwarf fruit trees.

Come join us at the orchard (location map) this Saturday, October 27th – drop in anytime between 10am and 4pm. Be prepared for the rain and wear appropriate footwear for muddy conditions (waterproof boots are best!). We have some gloves available, but if you are able to bring your own that will be helpful. If you have any questions or want more information, send me an email at jodipeters@eya.ca. Also you can find more information at the EYA’s Copley webpage.

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More Great News!

Fellow member, Organic Master Gardener and professional landscaper Anthony McCullough will now be giving a workshop at 11 AM on Over-Wintering at Copley Community Orchard.  Please bring your many winter gardening questions!

The work party will go on, rain or shine, so please come prepared for the weather. Its looking like its going to be raining!  Hot water and some herbal tea bags will be provided, please bring a mug and your favourite tea to keep warm!

See you Sunday!

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Last Work Party (for 2012) at Copley Community Orchard!

It’s coming up to that time where mother nature puts the perennials into hibernation mode, though its hard to believe with the wonderful weather we have been having. There is one more work party for the season, to prepare before winter takes care of the orchard for us.

October 14, 2012 / 10am-4pm

Site Management has put together a list of tasks to be completed:

- Watering the whole site (if necessary)
- Remove turned over sod, and widen tree circles
- Weeding and mulching with leaves
- Removing all sod in blueberry area and covering with wood chips
- Mulching (accessible beds, asparagus, pollinator beds with leaves)
- Cutting back grass in difficult area (or “weed wacking”)

 

** There will also be a workshop – in the morning (about 10:15am) on Successful Sheet Mulching! Then a hands on project as we sheet mulch part of the community orchard.

**After the potluck, Jodi will give an update on the EYA Production Area – followed by various tasks for those who want to (incorporating compost, planting cover crop, etc) in the EYA Production area

PLEASE BRING:

-potluck dish (labeled if appropriate)
-bowl and cutlery
-water bottle to keep yourself hydrated
-sun or rain protection

AND, if possible, please bring:

-tools you are able to share  (On October 14th, we are needing hand weeding tools and small buckets for fallen apples)

-Cardboard (for sheet mulch)

-Used Coffee Grinds (for sheet mulch). (Try your local coffee shop, or save yours from the week!)

(Please note: There will be no on-site washroom for this workparty. The nearest public washroom is at Trout Lake Park, a 10 –15 minute walk from Copley).

Please contact  jodipeters@eya.ca if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you at Copley Community Orchard!

 

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September 9th Work Party

Everyone is invited to the Inaugural Planting of the Universally Accessible Perennial Garden!

At this work party we also will be:

  • pruning
  • improving our asparagus, strawberry and rhubarb beds
  • mulching pollinator beds with comfrey
  • cleaning up the site from obstructions and fallen fruit
  • watering, weeding and other general maintenance
  • working on the Hugelkultur Drainage Installation (The work on the drainage system will start on Saturday.  Contact jodipeters@eya.ca if you are interested in working on Saturday)

Work parties are from 10am – 4pm.

We request that members attend any 4 of the 6 hours.

(Examples: 10am-2pm or 12pm-4pm).

What to Bring:

-potluck dish

-bowl and cutlery

-water bottle to keep yourself hydrated

-tools you are able to share  (On September 9th, we are needing hand weeding tools and small buckets for fallen apples)

(Please note: There will be no on-site washroom for this workparty. The nearest public washroom is at Trout Lake Park, a 10 –15 minute walk from Copley).

We look forward to seeing you at Copley Community Orchard!

 

 

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Both members and volunteers are welcome to join us on August 12th!

August 12th, 2012

At this work party we will be:

  • given a short lesson how to do summer pruning and young tree canopy management
  • listening to a brief overview of purchasing fruit trees and some info on our local nurseries
  • watering, weeding and other general maintenance
  • improving our asparagus, strawberry and rhubarb beds.

Work parties are from 10am – 4pm.

We request that members attend any 4 of the 6 hours.

(Examples: 10am-2pm or 12pm-4pm).

What to Bring:

-potluck dish

-bowl and cutlery

-water bottle to keep yourself hydrated

-tools you are able to share  (On August 12th, we are needing hand weeding tools)

(Please note: There will be no on-site washroom for this workparty. The nearest public washroom is at Trout Lake Park, a 10 –15 minute walk from Copley).

We look forward to seeing you at Copley Community Orchard!

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Vancouver Fruit Tree Project

Copley Community Orchard supports The Vancouver Fruit Tree Project

 

What’s the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project?

Volunteers harvest extra fruit from backyard fruit trees and redistribute it to community groups. In the past 12 years they have picked more than 35,000 pounds of fruit and redistributed it to community centres, neighbourhood houses, daycares and other community groups.

What is a Pick Leader?

The “Pick Leader” helps volunteers get the fruit from the tree to the charity.  They arrange equipment (with MODO car co-op, your wheels or your own vehicle), and lead a safe and fun pick with volunteers. Then they deliver the fruit to the community partner.

How to become a Pick Leader.

Pick Leaders are asked to commit to 4 picks per season.  After training and orientation you will receive emails from the coordinator with details about upcoming picks that are in need of a Pick Leader.  Simply email back when you can lead a pick, so you can make it suit your schedule. There will be other training sessions, so you can learn the ropes, or you can tag along on a pick and receive training that way.

To sign up please email coordinator@vancouverfruittree.com, with the following information:

Your name

Email address

Phone number

Do you have a car with a roof rack? (Gas is reimbursed at the end of the season)

Have you had a Driver’s License for at least 3 years? (This is for the car co-op)

If you want more information check out their website: vancouverfruittree.com

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This Sunday’s Work Party!

Both members and volunteers are welcome to join us at our work parties!

 

July 8th, 2012

At this work party we will be:

  • given a short lesson how to “pinch off” and how to use and clean shears between cuts.
  • fruit thinning (with educational instructions on the why and how of fruit thinning for long term orchard health).
  • installing a pollinator flower garden with Erin Udal of the EYA’s Planning for Pollinator’s project (including mini-workshop on bee friendly plants and native pollinator habitat).
  • watering, weeding and other general maintenance.

Work parties are from 10am – 4pm.

We request that members attend any 4 of the 6 hours.

(Examples: 10am-2pm or 12pm-4pm).

What to Bring:

-potluck dish

-bowl and cutlery

-water bottle to keep yourself hydrated

-tools you are able to share  (On July 8th, we are needing: hand weeding tools and wheelbarrows)

(Please note: There will be no on-site washroom for this workparty. The nearest public washroom is at Trout Lake Park, a 10 –15 minute walk from Copley).

We look forward to seeing you at Copley Community Orchard!

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Celebration at Copley Community Orchard

On June 2, 2012 we will be having a work party AND the cheque presentation from the TD Green Streets Program at Copley Community Orchard.

(For information regarding the work party, click here).

Copley Orchard Members, Environmental Youth Alliance, and Commercial Drive Business Society will be awarded $15,000 to be used towards the establishment of a 1.2 acre community orchard, engaging local residents, schools, and businesses in urban greening and food production.

Details:

What: Copley Community Orchard launch / TD Green Streets funding announcement There will be a ceremonial fruit tree planting in the orchard’s “commons” area to complement the site’s existing eight, 100 year old apple trees

When: Saturday, June 2, 11 am – 12 pm

Where: Copley Community Orchard, corner of Copley Street and Vanness Avenue (map)

Who: Copley Community Orchard Members, Environmental Youth Alliance – Jodi Peters, Project Coordinator Commercial Drive Business Society – Rolando Cardeno, Executive BIA Coordinator TD Friends of the Environment Foundation – Mandip Kharod, TD Regional Manager Tree Canada – Christian Walli

75 applications were submitted to the 2012 TD Green Streets Program, and this was one of 21 projects selected from across the country.

About the TD Green Streets Program: Applications to the 2012 TD Green Streets program were open to Canadian municipalities, First Nations communities, and Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) in Vancouver and Toronto. All submissions were reviewed by regional Tree Canada Advisors, Board Members, urban forest practitioners and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) representatives based on innovation, community involvement and technical expertise.

We hope to see you at Copley Community Orchard on June 2nd!

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Photos of our first work party!

Last weekend at Copley Community Orchard, over 100 people showed up to plant 130 trees and bushes, build 1 grape trellis and create 2 gravel pathways!

Well done!

The first set of photos are now posted on the website.  http://www.copleycommunityorchard.com/photos/

Also, don’t forget you can stay in touch through Facebook and Twitter:

https://twitter.com/#!/Copley_Orchard

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Copley-Community-Orchard/229418880481345

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Become a Member at the Copley Community Orchard!

 

Memberships are now available to those interested in joining Copley Community Orchard!

Membership in the orchard 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.

If you would like to become a member of the Copley Community Orchard please CLICK HERE to follow the link to our online form. (Note: no payment is required at this time).

There is also the opportunity to become involved in guiding the orchard’s development through participation in planning and design committees. If this interests you, please contact Jodi Peters at jodipeters@eya.ca.

(Note: If you would like a copy of the form to print, fill out and mail in, please contact Jodi Peters – 604-689-4446)

Please have your membership application submitted online or mailed to the EYA office by Monday, March 26th.

We will be notifying all membership applicants of the first work party date, where you can bring payment for your member share(s) and officially become a member of the Copley Community Orchard. This date will likely be mid April, but the specific date and time have yet to be determined.

Thanks again for your interest – we look forward to growing this amazing project with you!

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A successful Open House

On March 1, we had an open house at Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House with over 50 people attending. It was a great opportunity to bring people together to share our vision and to hear comments and questions from community members.  We collected email addresses from anyone who wants to be involved.

If you know someone who might be interested, they can subscribe via email to receive updates from Copley Community Orchard.  Click here to see the photos from the evening.

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On the radio

We were on CBC Early Edition this morning!  Click on the link to hear our story!
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