The society is run entirely by volunteers.
There are many ways you can contribute if you wish to help.
We encourage you to come along, it is a great way to learn about fruit growing, apple varieties, pruning skills, machinery operating. There is always time to chat over coffee and cake.
Pettys Orchard Heritage Apple Collection
This is the society's main focus, with regular work days each month on the
First Sunday of each month (Except January - second Sunday)
from 9am - 12noon
With occasional in-between days organised if something needs immediate attention.
The work is mainly physical, outdoors orchard maintenance and can include tasks such as grass cutting, brush cutting, winter pruning, putting on and taking off bird netting, fruit picking, identifying and labeling of apple varieties, irrigation system maintenance. However, there is plenty of organising, planning, and discussion over coffee.
There is an email reminder in the week before each work day, so please subscribe to our newsletter
to receive these.
We hold public apple tasting during the fruiting season, depending on available fruit. They run from February to May. This is a major fund raiser for the society as well as public exposure of what we do, these events are usually every two weeks. If you wish to help out please ask to be put on the roster.
We have grafting days in August where we source apple and plum rootstocks and using selected scion-wood from Petty's Apple Collection, and members' trees. They are grafted, on demand, for members and the public. This is a major fund raiser for us.
The first is at Pettys with another session at the CERES nursery a week later
Other fun stuff
Of course like all voluntary groups there is always behind the scenes admin stuff!
Occasionally there is a need for other skills, and we will put out requests in our newsletters.
If you can offer a particular skill that you can offer please let us know.
Pettys Orchard is at
1 Homestead Road, Templestowe
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