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Our Mission:

To plant and support community orchards in the city of Philadelphia.
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EVENT SCHEDULE:

We invite you to participate by planting with POP, working alongside volunteers from our community partners to plant orchards all over the city. Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. These events involve digging, planting, and spreading compost and mulch, so expect to get dirty. We can't guarantee tools for all; if you bring your own, it is advisable to write your name on them. Snacks and beverages to share are also welcome.

Planting events can generally be expected to last 3 or 4 hours. Please sign up for our volunteer email list for up-to-date info on events. We recommend that you check your email the morning of a planting to confirm whether if will be postponed to the raindate. Plantings happen in the spring and fall months.

Saturday, January 17... 10:00 AM

BIO-DYNAMIC ORCHARD WORKSHOP: AWBURY
(Awbury Arboretum Cope House, 1 Awbury Rd, NW Philly)
Learn the basics of biodynamic orchard practice with Sebastian Kretschmer of One Village Farm. This introductory workshop will discuss the biodynamic approach to growing fruit without chemical pesticides, with a focus on soil preparation, pest control and key biodynamic preparation sprays and pastes. $30/$20. Pre-registration required: http://awbury.org/events/biodynamic-orchard-workshop/

Saturday, January 31... 01:00 PM

FRUIT PRUNING WORKSHOP: GRUMBLETHORPE
(Grumblethorpe, 5267 Germantown Ave, NW Philly)
Join us for a pruning workshop at Historic Grumblethorpe led by POP's Phil Forsyth and Kevin Stutler. A classroom session will introduce the basics of pruning fruit trees & berry bushes, followed by an afternoon of hands-on training on the wide range fruit planted in Grumblethorpe's gardens. Space is limited to only 20 participants! $20 general public, $10 POP partners & volunteers. Snowdate: Sunday 2/1 @ 1pm. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: http://phillyorchards.eventbee.com/event?eid=126526573

Saturday, March 14... 01:00 PM

FRUIT GRAFTING WORKSHOP: BARTRAM'S GARDEN
(Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, West Philly)
Learn all the basics of fruit tree grafting from Dr. Lee Reich, author of Grow Fruit Naturally, Landscaping with Fruit, and The Pruning Book. All attendees will graft their own pear or Asian pear tree to bring home or donate to POP. $60/$50. Space is limited, advance registration required: http://leereichphilly.bpt.me/

Please contact phil@phillyorchards.org for more information on a particular planting.

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Upcoming Events

BIO-DYNAMIC ORCHARD WORKSHOP: AWBURY
Saturday, Jan 17

FRUIT PRUNING WORKSHOP: GRUMBLETHORPE
Saturday, Jan 31

FRUIT GRAFTING WORKSHOP: BARTRAM'S GARDEN
Saturday, Mar 14

# orchards supported:
48
# orchards planted:
37
# of trees planted:
908
# shrubs & vines:
1441
# of perennials:
9913

what we're planting:

  • apples
  • asian pears
  • cherries
  • figs
  • pawpaws
  • peaches
  • pears
  • persimmons
  • plums
  • serviceberries
  • blackberries
  • blueberries
  • bush cherries
  • currants
  • elderberries
  • gooseberries
  • goumis
  • hazelnuts
  • raspberries
  • grapes
  • kiwis