Welcome to the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard Website. Here you can follow our blog to find out what we’re up to in Toronto’s first community orchard in a public park. Our website will also answer many of your questions in our orchard Myths and Facts page. You can also find out what’s involved in establishing your own little orchard, whether it’s in your backyard or in your local park, in our Starting an Orchard page.
This initiative has been spearheaded by the eco-gardening group Growing For Green in partnership with the fruit harvesting project Not Far From The Tree . All the work in the orchard is done by volunteers, including irrigation, mulching, pruning, and harvesting and cleaning the orchard. Volunteers also write and maintain this this website and planning activities and upcoming events.
On June 4, 2009, our little orchard was planted in Ben Nobleman Park, an underused green space just across from Eglinton West Subway station in Toronto. We have 14 fruit trees including 5 apples, 3 plums, 3 apricots and 3 sweet cherries. Once our trees are old enough to produce a good harvest, the fruit will go to volunteers and local agencies like the food bank.
Our orchard park has become a place for the community to volunteer and socialize, to have blossom and fruit festivals, pruning workshops, orchard picnics, children’s educational workshops and other community events. Growing for Green is also bringing the Sharing Backyards program to Toronto. For more information about that, click here.
If you’d like to join our mailing list to find out about volunteering opportunities and other updates about the orchard, send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you have any other questions or would like to volunteer with us, email email@example.com.
For more detailed information about the orchard, click on the links below: