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Orchard Learning 2020 - hands-on and insipirational courses hosted by HOCO

To mark its 20th anniversary in 2018, and maturing as a pioneering urban orchard, HOCO launched an ambitious, orchard-based, practical learning programme. The first group of Orchard Learners celebrated the end of their course at Wassail (Saturday 19 January, 2019).

Looking ahead to the next growing season, HOCO is hosting Get Growing Fruit Trees - an introduction.
Three one-day pruning workshops are also available.

New for 2020 - monthly member-only workshops.
Join us today, and learn as you grow!

The Orchard Learning Programme, a 9-month course tune with the growing year, will be offered again in 2021. It gives participants a unique learning opportunity in a rich and diverse local food project.

More information about Orchard Learning Courses for 2020 here, including course outlines, dates, and application form. Please contact us with any questions.

Membership information 2020

We are open to new harvest-share members for this new membership year (February 2020-Januray 2021). For the upcoming membership year we plan to offer members of the HOCO a tailored version of the Orchard Learning Programme. Details available soon.

There are different ways to get involved with Horfield Organic Community Orchard. We encourage members and supporters to take part in activities through the whole year. Seeing the seasonal growing cycle of the orchard is slow learning at its best. Please contact us if you'd like to become a member.

Harvest Share Member

Harvest Share membership is open to individuals and households who pay a yearly subscription and commit to working a minimum number of hours each year. There are full-share or half-share members. The difference in the time given is reflected by the share of the harvest received. As well as shared harvests, members also enjoy social and training events both in and out of the orchard.

Some tasks needed to keep the group going, e.g. looking after the website, administration, and publicity, can be counted towards the harvest share. Shares are proportionate to the time given to the orchard, and may vary from year to year, depending on the harvest.

                    
Yearly subscription Time - minimum yearly commitment
Harvest share
Harvest Share - Individual
or
Harvest Share - Household
£25
or
£30

Half share - 16 hours
0.5 share
Harvest Share - Individual
or
Harvest Share - Household
£25
or
£30

Full share - 32 hours
1
share
Harvest Share - Individual
or
Harvest Share - Household
£25
or
£30

Full share extra -
48 hours
1.5 share





These hours were agreed at a members' planning meeting 1 December 2017.

A work session is 2 hours November to March, 3 hours April to October.
There are 24 working meetings planned for 2019, see here for dates set so far.

A discount of £10 is available to members of either Avon Organic Group or Horfield & District Allotment Association.

Supporting Member

A supporting member pays a minimum £20 donation. They are welcome to attend member-only social events and training, and receive a selection of harvested fruit at (or near) Apple Day. Supporting members can also take part in working meetings.

Supporting Organisation

A supporting organisation pays a minimum £30 donation. Organisations can come to member-only events and are entitled to one annual group visit to the orchard for education, training or leisure.

Public Events

You can also support the orchard by coming to our public events, more details of which can be found here.