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Who Are Orchard Stewards

Stewards are the primary caregivers to any public orchard.

Together we make up the Common Orchard Project! It is our mission to empower, train, and equip steward to grow healthy, abundant fruit in their communities.

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  • Free Trainings in caring for holistic orchards

  • Join a community of 30+ other Orchard Stewards in the Cincinnati area.

  • Community Supported tools, herbs, medicinals and flowers every Spring, and ingredients for holistic sprays. 

  • Community Support to answer questions about disease, pests, harvest, pruning, and all other tricky aspects of orcharding.

  • Orchard Steward handbook and text book.

  • Master Orchardist Certificate.


The orchard is YOURS and will require regular maintenance by your team of two or more people. Time spent in the orchard depends on the task, number of trees, and number of people involved. After the 3rd year, a 10 tree orchard will take about a 30-60 minutes (Average) per week to water, weed, prune, scout for pests, harvest and otherwise tend. It is advisable to visit the orchard at least once a week during the growing season (March-November). We ask of you:

  • To help other orchard stewards through answering questions, sharing best practices, and joining in on shared volunteer opportunities.

  • To care for and keep your orchard productive and engaged in your community. While ensuring that at least half of the produce goes to those in need.

  • If you can no longer be a steward, find a successor to ensure that the orchard continues to grow and bring people together.

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The Orchard Steward Training is 10 sessions in total. We expect it might take a year or two before these skills are "in your bones" and you truly feel comfortable pruning, spraying, and scouting on your own. Please register when you plan to attend and come as you are able. Reach out to us for help and soon enough, you will be an Orchard Master!
  • Feb 07, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    2951 Sidney Ave #2134, Cincinnati, OH 45225
    What is that leaf spot? Who made holes in my leaves? Find out about many of the insects, fungi and diseases that can plague your trees and what you can do about it. This is a class if your trees are 3+ years old.
  • Feb 12, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    Location is TBD
  • Feb 21, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    This is an introduction to the Orchard Steward workshop series to learn the basics. You will need to prepare for orchard installations including site preparation, the planting process, and basic tree maintenance.
  • Feb 26, 2:00 PM – Feb 27, 5:00 PM
    Camp Washington Perennial Farm,, 3220 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225, USA
    This class explains how to utilize Michael Phillips’ Holistic Spray method in your orchard. We will discuss various bigger pest management strategies as well as how to fruit thin to ensure branches don’t break and the harvest is abundant.
  • Mar 05, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    This is the start of the journey for new orchardists to understand all the basics. We will cover tree growth, proper tree structure, fungus and pests, biological diversity. Bring your questions!
  • Apr 22, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Camp Washington Perennial Farm, 3220 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225, USA
    Each orchard has ample space for herbs, medicinals, and berry plants. Come Bring extras, pick up more, give and recieve! We will also have a training on how to plant and place each variety starting at 10:30, so if it is your first time, be sure to get there early.

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