Our orchard partners
The partnerships we've formed with these five orchards over the years are integral to our work in the community.
Established in 2010 with a vision of:
Fresh, local food accessible to all.
Ingrained culture of foraging, gleaning and sharing surplus.
No food going to waste.
Expanded use of public spaces for community agriculture.
Engaged community to maintain community gardens and orchards.
Lawns being replaced with edible landscapes.
Food sovereignty & resilience throughout our communities.
The Healthy Homeland Community Orchard is part of a community garden managed by Columbia River Mental Health Services to provide neighbors (many of whom live in apartments) a space to gather and grow healthy food at low cost. The orchard was established in partnership with Urban Abundance and other local nonprofits, and the garden plots are booked every year! Urban Abundance volunteers help maintain the orchard, which contains over 20 trees including pears, apples, persimmons, chestnuts, and a black walnut.
Urban Abundance volunteers are preserving apple and pear trees at Curtin Springs Wildlife habitat as Clark County transforms this 33.5-acre former farm into an epic wildlife preserve! Elizabeth Swanson and her husband Julian farmed the land for decades, growing hay, raising cattle, and enjoying the diverse wildlife that inhabited the property. The land was donated to the county upon Elizabeth’s passing in 2016 with the stipulation that it be preserved for wildlife. We are thrilled about this unique opportunity to highlight the benefits of orchards as habitat!
The Foley Community Orchard was planted over 50 years ago by Hubert and Ople Foley, who tended large gardens and shared the crops with neighbors and those in need through their church. Clark County purchased the land in 2006 and held it as an undeveloped park until 2012, when Urban Abundance and Public Works partnered up to clear out invasive blackberry that was choking the orchard, growing up to the tops of the trees! In partnership with the County, Urban Abundance volunteers and neighbors have been stewarding the orchard ever since.
Multiple varieties of heritage cider apple are present at the Fort Vancouver Historic Orchard. In 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding between Urban Abundance and the National Park Service was signed, giving UA permission to harvest from the orchard. We've been maintaining the orchard for several years now, and hope to harvest multiple crops of apple to use for cider pressing and/or donation.
Omega Farms is located on a 25-acre farm that used to be used as a commercial orchard with about 200 Bartlett pear trees. The farm was retired in 2016 and since the pear trees are still producing, the owner invites Urban Abundance to come harvest as much as we can. Last year (2018) the trees were so loaded that we harvested and donated about 9,000 pounds of pears over five days! Check out pickapear.org for more details on this year's harvest event :)