Adopt a Tree (or Three!)

$5.00$299.00

STUDENT / POCKET CHANGE – $5 – $35
TREE SUPPORTER – $40
3-TREE BUDDY GROUP SUPPORTER – $80
CSA ORCHARD SUPPORTER – $299

see below for full description of premiums & benefits

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ADOPT A TREE – ANNUAL LEVELS OF  SUPPORT ($5 – $299)

  • STUDENT / POCKET CHANGE – $5 – $35 (add to cart in multiples of $5)
    “I don’t have much but want to be part of growing an orchard”
    + Get to see 2021 photos documenting the new tree plantings.
  • TREE SUPPORTER – $40
    “ I’d like to nurture a baby tree for its first season”
    + Get to see 2021 photos documenting the new tree plantings.

    + Get your name on a tree + growth photos of your tree + visit your tree onsite.
  • 3-TREE BUDDY GROUP SUPPORTER – $80
    “ I’m able to nurture a buddy group of 3 baby trees for their first season”
    + Get to see photos documenting the new tree plantings.

    + Get your name on your trees + growth photos of your trees + visit your trees. 
  • CSA ORCHARD SUPPORTER – $299
    “We know we can’t get a CSA fruit share this year because of the tree damage from freezing, but still want to support our local farm and we are able to help weather the storm in a big way.”
    + Get to see photos documenting the new tree plantings

    + Get your name on your trees + growth photos of your trees + visit your trees.
    + Get access to the Lunch With a Farmer question and answer 8-week live video call series Mar 24 – May 12

Every single fruit tree in the orchard gets cared for by hand every single year.

STAGES OF AN ORCHARD

STAGE 1: It takes about $12,000 to plant an acre of new (600) trees which works out to about $20/tree. That pays for pulling out the dead trees, for preparing the ground, for buying the nursery stock, for planting, for laying new irrigation lines, for planting cover crops which retain moisture, for controlling insects, for building soil nutrients, and for fertilizing.

STAGE 2: It takes about $6,000 which works out to about $10/tree per year. This gets an acre of new trees through each of its first, second, and third seasons. That pays for weeding around the trunks so the mice don’t get in and girdle the tender young trees, for pruning and training them into the start of their orchard shapes, for irrigating them, and for spraying them with minerals and biological compounds to prevent pests and disease.

STAGE 3: It takes about $10,000/acre to harvest the trees! At a little less than $17/tree, that pays for seasonal pruning, for irrigating, for running wind machines to stave off frost in the spring, for blossom thinning and fruit thinning to give each tree only as many babies as it can support, for spraying them with minerals and biological compounds to prevent pests and disease, and for the crew’s labor to pick the fruit when it’s ripe.

ABOUT THE TREE VARIETIES

Our plan is to replant about 2 acres of peaches in 2021, and 6-7 acres more over the next couple of years. Trees are hard to buy, so the timing depends on when nurseries can provide trees to those of us on waiting lists. This year we are also going to trial plant just a couple rows of a new fruit, the jujube tree, which is supposed to be more drought tolerant than most and currently has no pests to attack it in this area. (Hopefully you’ll be able to try these “Persian Dates” at our farmers markets sometime in the next few years!

Additional information

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Student / Pocket Change, Tree Supporter, 3-TREE BUDDY GROUP SUPPORTER, CSA ORCHARD SUPPORTER