Growing Fruit Trees at the Hacienda Sarria Market Garden
In fall 2011, Working Centre staff worked side-by-side with Hacienda Sarria owner Ron Doyle to plant fruit trees in the newly established Hacienda Sarria Market Garden. Forty apple, pear, peach, cherry and plum saplings stretched their roots into the newly broken earth, holding the promise of a bountiful partnership.
2012 brought dry weather, yet the saplings thrived thanks to weekly watering by volunteers from KW Habilitation.
In 2013 the apple and peach trees produced their first harvest, which was sold in local stores and shared through our CSA.
Our fruit trees are driving us to learn continuously, and to work with the flow of the seasons. As the trees have matured, their need for pollination has motivated us to adopt bee-friendly methods. We use no sprays in the garden, and we are moving toward a restorative agriculture approach, in which perennials form the base of a sustainable, low-impact permaculture practice.
Recently, horticultural students from KCI came to the garden to tend to the fruit trees. We are seeing the evolution of this project into a productive teaching garden with many connections in our community, and more community members and groups wanting to be a part of it.
How Your Donations Can Contribute
Your donations will contribute to building the number and diversity of the trees in our urban gardening projects.
As we see more community members and groups responding to our invitation to participate in this project, we want to create wider opportunities for volunteers to enjoy and learn about small-scale fruit and nut cultivation.
Your donations will help us grow our cultivation of edible trees and shrubs to include Asian pears, butternuts, hazelnuts, heartnuts, hardy kiwis, gooseberries, mulberries, Saskatoon berries, service berries, thimbleberries, blackberries, raspberries and more.
Trees and shrubs range in price from $5 - $50.