We are a young organisation born in August 2014 with the intention that one day locals can harvest, cook with shared recipes and then eat produce from the fruit trees they planted with their own hands. Our site is in the heart of White Gum Valley, Fremantle, adjacent to Hazel Orme Kindergarten.
In October 2019 we celebrated 5 years onsite and all our orchard in the ground and starting to produce delicious harvests. We have also negotiated another 5 year licence with City of Fremantle.
To become a member, go to signup and be part of exciting grass-roots project.
To find out more about our full vision, view our Youtube video and explore this website or Facebook (White Gum Valley Community Orchard).
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Our Concept Plan
Anyone ever tried a fruit from the Davidson’s Plum?! We look forward to taste testing it along with some white sapotes, mangoes, midyim berries, plums, macadamias…to name but a few of the many fruits and nuts we are now growing in the orchard. We have started to turn our dream into reality of community harvests and culinary gatherings centred on the produce we grow or within the neighbourhood.
In January 2015, our skilled orchard member Zoe Williamson, led a workshop with the committee and interested members to design the placement of all our future trees according to sun, water and space requirements. The resulting concept plan isn’t set in stone though. Our tree list will change over time as we learn more from each other and the saplings’ success or otherwise.
In October 2016 we planted our citrus grove and this marked a significant point in the establishment of the orchard, with the majority of trees now in the ground. In the summer of 2016-17 the first harvests began with bananas and tamarillos. The lilly pillies and icecream bean were next.
We have been successful with two Federal Government Stronger Communities grants in 2016 and 2019/20 to co-fund our two built structures onsite – our glorious shed and picnic shelter.
In 2022 with some City of Fremantle grant funding, we extended our path to enable good accessibility to and through the orchard. We also installed a custom-designed tuart slab seat for a peaceful sit under the banana palms.
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Pre-winter Busy Bee – Sunday May 21st
All welcome to lend a hand to a multitude of tasks for the pre-winter busy bee.
2:30-4:30pm in the Orchard.
Bring water and any tools you prefer for pruning, weeding or a wheelbarrow…or just come as you are.
2023 Olive Harvest: 29 – 30 April
SATURDAY 29th April am & pm verge tree picks
SUNDAY 30th APRIL 9am – 12:30 in Booyeembara’s Olive Grove, then Harvest Lunch! (byo lunch or buy pizza) Enjoy live music from the Mediterranean while you harvest!
Whether you want to join the Saturday verge harvest, Sunday harvest or pick your own to add to the harvest, please register on Eventbrite ( “whitegumvalley-olive-harvest2023” ) or email: us then we can communicate with you to make this a smooth, enjoyable harvest.
More information here:Olive harvest 2023 information-V2
Busy bee & Saturday sundowner on March 18
This Saturday we have a double header with a busy bee to keep our orchard looking good and our second Saturday sunset event to see the day out with music, food and good company. Busy bee from 3pm, Sundowner from 4:30pm.