Brovold Community Orchard’s number one objective is providing healthy and nutritious organic fruit to the community, and we did that in spades this year. An equally important objective is doing good things for our community’s kids, and we did that too. In fact, we set records for both objectives in 2023, and that’s something we can all celebrate.
|Asian pears ready for harvest
The fruit harvest began in late
August when our Asian pears ripened. The European pear varieties began to ripen
in late September, and the apples soon followed. The weather remained amazing
well into early fall, extending our harvest into the third week of October
before freezing temperatures and snow finally shut things down for the year.
Throughout this period, the public was invited to come to the orchard and pick
to their heart’s content, and pick they did. A steady stream of people, from
parents with babies just a few days old to citizens well into their senior
years filled buckets, bags, and boxes with apples and pears and left with big
smiles on their faces. We had attendants present this year to help people
navigate our new electric fence and show them which trees were ready to pick.
The expressions of appreciation and gratitude we received from orchard visitors
made our time spent helping them especially rewarding. Though we never charge
for fruit, many people left us donations, and that is a great blessing. Your
donations allow us to stay open and maintain the orchard. Thank you so much!
When all was said and done, over 6,700 pounds of fruit were harvested from the
orchard this year, and the lives of nearly 500 people, from Clinton to St.
Regis and all points in between, were touched by the nature’s bounty that
Brovold Community Orchard provides. We are proud to be a part of these
communities and happy that our efforts at the orchard can help so many people.
|School busses arrive
|Kids picking apples
|A happy child
If you haven’t visited the
orchard, we hope you will in 2024. We’re right on the east end of Alberton,
about a stone’s throw away from the skate park. We’ll be having volunteer work days one Saturday per month again starting in April next year. That’s a good way to see the orchard and get to know us. Watch for the dates on our Facebook page or ask us to add you to our email list at email@example.com. If the orchard blessed you in one way or another and you’d like to support our work by making a donation, you may do so by clicking on the Donate button in the upper right corner of this page. Thank you for being part of our community, and thank you for supporting Brovold Community Orchard.