Orchard

In May of 2020 we planted the first half acre of our ‘permaculture’ orchard. Then in May of 2021 we added another full acre. This is a high diversity orchard containing many types of fruit and other edible plants. The list will expand considerably as we continue to plant more sections of the orchard, but the first plantings includes apples, pears, plums, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, haskap (honeyberry), saskatoon berries, gooseberries, strawberries, rhubarb, and a number of types of perennial herbs and nitrogen fixing plants. We are following the methods of Stefan Sobkowiak of Miracle Farmswho has for years run a very successful orchard like the one we are creating, and he is now educating many others on his methods. Our 2021 harvest includes modest amounts of raspberries, strawberries, apples, rhubarb and herbs, though it will take several years the plants to mature. We plan to run the orchard as a U-pick, where customers will have the opportunity to stroll through the orchards and around the farm to harvest their own fruit. Our current plan is to expand the orchard out to about 5 acres over the next few years.