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Today we are headed up to Charlottesville to pick up 27 new trees, bushes, and vines to be planted in the Wingnut Orchard. We will also be planting wildflowers to support pollinators and hopefully getting honeybees from a friend to have out there as well.
Tomorrow night (Friday) some of us will be going out super late (midnight or so) to put all of these purty plants in the ground. So bring some coffee or caffeinated tea and join us if you want!
We will be going up to Hanover on a regular basis to take care of the Orchard. If anyone has interest in helping, painting signs, tending bees, tending chickens, building water collection devices, building organic bug traps, hanging out in the country for a couple hours, etc. please let us know so you can get involved!
Here are the varieties we hope to get today:

(Kenneth) Yates Persimmon
Hardy Kiwi
Illinois Everbearing Mulberry
LSU Purple FIg
Hardy Chicago Fig
Celeste Fig
2 Trentberry Huckleberry
Yadkin Blueberry (more…)

In the Fall of 2010 we started an Orchard in Hanover County. Our long term plan is to have a variety of fruit trees, nut trees, fruit vines, and fruit bushes as well as bees to pollinate the plants. This will allow us to have a potential source of future income as well as a way to bring fresh fruit into our neighborhood in Richmond.

This Spring we are planting more trees and bushes in the Wingnut Orchard. We are adding blueberry bushes, huckleberries, apple trees, grape vines, kiwi vines, fig trees, mulberry trees, persimmon and more! If you would like to help with the Orchard please get in touch. Starting next week we will be getting plants, planting wildflowers, hopefully getting some bees etc. Let us know if you want to tag along and we can learn together. Or if you have some awesome skills or knowledge you would want to share that would be great too!

Why an Orchard?

Some folks might wonder why we are planting an orchard. We are an urban collective. We really like being in an urban environment- it keeps us visible, involved, accessible, etc. We don’t want to escape society, we want to play part in changing it. But we also recognize that the lack of space within an urban environment limits our ability to produce many things and engage in many projects that might help us create a more self-sustaining collective. (more…)