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June 2019

Summer Orchard Workday

June 16 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Santa Cruz Community Orchard, San Lorenzo Blvd at Riverside Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
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As the moisture of Spring transitions to Summer, and fruit swells on branches, come learn about growth season orchard maintenence as we recycle biomass into soil fertility (ie. weeding!) and make corrections to our trees' forms via pruning and training techniques.

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February 2019

Santa Cruz Apple Wassail 2019

February 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Santa Cruz Community Orchard, San Lorenzo Blvd at Riverside Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
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Apple wassailing is an ancient community tradition in which we gather to share cider, sing incantations to the trees, and honor the land that nourishes us--all to welcome a good crop this season. Join us at your downtown Santa Cruz Community Orchard for the 2nd annual Santa Cruz Apple Wassail. Cider, toast, ribbons, trees, crisp air, song, laughter, noise, celebration! All are welcomed. Bring your cups for warm cider, pozole, and other treats. Festive costumes encouraged but not required. Location:…

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December 2018

Autumn Fertility Workday 2018

December 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Santa Cruz Community Orchard, San Lorenzo Blvd at Riverside Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
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It's been a vigorous season at your Santa Cruz Community Orchard. The time has come to tuck in the trees for the winter, and prepare for an ever more fertile 2019 with a spirited round of autumn orchard maintenance. On this community workday, we will clean up some of the excess of the growing season, build soil fertility with compost dressings and cover crop sowings, amend and prepare planting sites for additional subtropical fruit plantings in the spring, plant out…

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February 2018

Apple Wassail Ceremony and Winter Orchard Tending

February 4, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Santa Cruz Community Orchard, San Lorenzo Blvd at Riverside Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
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Apple wassailing is an ancient orchard-honoring community tradition in which we gather to share cider and sing incantations to the trees in order to welcome a good crop this season. Join us at *your* downtown Santa Cruz Community Orchard at 12pm for a winter pruning and orchard maintenance workshop, or later at 2pm to join our first ever apple wassail! Location: The Santa Cruz Community Orchard has plantings at both Riverside Gardens Park (262 San Lorenzo Blvd) and across the…

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July 2017

July Orchard Workday: Summertime!

July 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Santa Cruz Community Orchard, San Lorenzo Blvd at Riverside Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
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Another great opportunity to get involved with your community orchard! On this shorter workday at the Riverside Community Orchard, we will check in on the status of our young fruit trees as we enter the warm dry months of Summer. We'll then haul out some more mulch on some of the remaining unmulched areas, do some weeding, and set a few more plants into the ground. Pop in for as long as you'd like. Bring your work shoes and your…

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June 2017

Community Orchard Mulchstravaganza!

June 4, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Santa Cruz Community Orchard, San Lorenzo Blvd at Riverside Ave
Santa Cruz, CA

Fruit for all! Come cultivate the future you want to live in at Santa Cruz's downtown community fruit orchard. We prepped, we planted, we irrigated, and now we mulch! Join in for as long as you'd like for some mellow midday mulching, learn about building garden fertility through the summer months, and check out the first fruits of our labors swelling now at orchard site #1. This will be a quicker and less insense workday than some of our prior…

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March 2017

Riverside Community Orchard Workday & Irrigation 101

March 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Santa Cruz Community Orchard, San Lorenzo Blvd at Riverside Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
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Come join us at *your* downtown Santa Cruz community fruit orchard! Following up on last month's successful planting of the first 16 trees (apples, pears, citrus, stonefruit!) at our new Mike Fox Park site on the lower San Lorenzo river levee, this Sunday we'll be rounding things out with several more trees (persimmon, mulberry, more!), doing some gentle companion planting, and digging some fun trenches to lay out our irrigation plumbing. We'll also discuss the technical basics of irrigating the…

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February 2017

Community Orchard Planting Extravaganza!

February 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Yes the day has finally come! Join us in planting fruit trees at YOUR community orchard, right off the levee path near the San Lorenzo rivermouth. Help create the world you want to live in! This public orchard (started in 2014 by the Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project and Seed Culture Labs, in collaboration with City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation) is launching a major expansion from its first site in Riverside Gardens Park (where a dozen apples, pears…

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