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Community Orchards

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By Guy K. Ames ~ NCAT Horticulture Specialist

Published: May 2013

Updated: n/a



16 pages


This publication introduces community orchards and discusses the history of the community orchard movement and the motivations behind producing fruit in a community orchard. It offers a step-by-step guide to starting a community orchard and advice on choosing fruit trees and plants most likely to provide successful harvests, including apples, pears, grapes, brambles, and other, unusual fruits. A profile of a community orchard program and a list of further resources are also included.

Table of Contents

The Community Orchard Movement
Community Orcharding is Not Community Gardening
Ten Steps to Starting a Community Orchard
Start with the Right Plant to Avoid Pests and Diseases
Choosing the Right Plants
Further Resources

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