This year has been an exciting one for Orchard Origins, launching as a Community Interest Company and getting ready for our first season of juicing and cidermaking in our purpose-made workshop, hereafter known as the Shed. Last year’s harvest was a challenge for us as we got the Shed up and running; this year we are clean, clear and ready for action – we’ve even washed the crates in anticipation. Cider apples are going to be a little while as their high sugar levels take a long time to develop, but why haven’t we started picking for juice yet? Continue reading
Volunteering has always mattered to the folk at Orchard Origins. Starting off as a project at Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and then transitioning into a Community Interest Company (CIC), which it now is, volunteering has been the glue keeping operations going. Everyone who has come out with us has made an impact on what we do and is massively appreciated. Continue reading
Orchard Origins is entering an exciting new phase as it becomes a Community Interest Company. We currently help maintain eleven acres of orchard owned and managed by the Herefordshire Nature Trust, as well as over twenty or so private orchards. Each week we are contacted by landowners who are keen to work with us. As we grow and take on further orchards, we are on the lookout for more volunteers. If you enjoy being outside and learning new skills or are just keen to understand more about Herefordshire’s orchard heritage why not come and join us? It’s a friendly and fun atmosphere with plenty of tea and coffee breaks.
In April, we will be adding three initials to the end of our name. Becoming a C.I.C or Community Interest Company is an important milestone for Orchard Origins. Since we launched two years ago with a grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme, it has been our goal to become a social enterprise. So what does it mean?