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.
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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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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.
Enjoy Saturday Sunsets in March in the Orchard
Come down to the Orchard on a Satuday night in March for dinner, a drink, a chat or just a wander through the fruit trees. Orchard Crew will be on-site winding down, sharing some food and having a catch up. If you’ve ever wanted to find out which tree is which (or any other query) this is your chance. An easy community catch up to make and sustain local connections.
BYO instrument for an acoustic open mic / jamming circle.
BYO food & drink, mats & some chairs provided.
Hope to see you there!
From Harvest to Plate: Making a Sri-Lankan banana curry – Sunday 20 Nov | 2:30 -4PM in Orchard Shelter
In the spirit of sharing recipes from other parts of the world and coming together over food, the Orchard is putting on its first cooking demo. Orchard member Yasas Botenne is sharing a Sri Lankan curry recipe, while Steph uses the sun to cook fragrant rice. Enjoy the results. $5 entry (kids <$12 free) Register your place: firstname.lastname@example.org