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Orchard Learning 2018 - a year-long practical learning programme

To mark its 20th anniversary, and maturing as a pioneering urban orchard, HOCO is launching an ambitious, orchard-based, practical learning programme. The 12-month course is in tune with the growing year, and offers participants a unique learning opportunity in a rich and diverse local food project.

Orchard Learning 2018 is being developed as a hands-on immersion in the workings of a complex, community orchard environment. During the learning year, participants will gather knowledge, skills, and confidence, to care for - and enjoy fruits from - trees of different varieties, ages, and characteristics.

For the upcoming membership year (February 2018-January 2019) new memberships will only be available to course participants. Here is an introduction to Orchard Learning 2018, a provisional outline with dates, and the two forms needed to apply. The deadline for applications is December 11th 2017. Please
contact us with any questions you have about the course.



Membership information 2019

Our Orchard Learning 2018 programme is fully booked, and we will not be open to new harvest-share members until 2019. 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 session is 2 hours November to March, 3 hours April to October.
There are 24 working meetings planned for 2018, 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.
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