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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Orchard Tour/Tasting

Orchard tour and tasting

Doors Open: 10:00 AM
Program Starts: 10:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM

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Place: Birdsong Orchard
613 Lakeview Rd, Watsonville

Birdsong Orchard Tour and Tasting

Let's visit Birdsong Orchard on Sunday, Sept. 16th for an apple & fig tasting! There are many varieties of pears & apples to sample and purchase. Our tour includes an orchard tour & learning about fruit cultivation, wandering their beautiful flower field & opportunities to "petalama" and also to hand feed their goats and alpaca. Add to that fruit cobbler with home made ice cream & who can resist?


Italian Honey Flanders Atreano Osbourne Prolific Tiger Panache Stella Dan's Favorite Nordland Dauphne Conadria Black Jack White Genoa Peter's Honey Olympian Excel Mary Lane Desert King Violette de Bordeaux Brown Turkey Tashkent Italian Honey Pastilliere Texas Blue Giant White Kadota Purple Smyrna


Gold Rush Bramley Gravenstein Wickson Arkansas Black Cox Orange Pippin Golden Russet Rubinette Grimes Golden Brown Hudson's Golden Gem Ashmead's Kernel Cinnamon Spice Jonagold King David Kidds Orange Red Wagener Orleans Reinette Sierra Beauty

Birdsong Orchards is the love child of Nadine Schaeffer and Jason Wehmhoener. After 30 cumulative years designing software they are now turning some of their time and energy into designing a sustainable farm. Because they like to experiment and play with their food, field trials exploring varieties of heirloom tomatoes, unusual herbs, and unconventional berries are all part of what they choose to plant. With over 175 varieties of fruit and nut trees, they also keep goats and llamas!

Founded in 2013, Nadine & Jason set about to coax an old 8 acre fallow farm back into organic production. Their land was originally an apple and dairy farm in the 1950s-60s, but had been unused since the 1980s. Their goal is to plant a permanent fruit tree orchard and flower cutting beds to the highest organic standards.

"We are working to enrich and nurture the holistic health of this land to encourage biodiversity and environmental balance while growing the highest quality and tastiest produce."

They are obviously having fun branching out into all sorts of unknown territory and figuring out what will work on their land & grow in their soil & a micro climate that is so specific to where they live. With 26 varieties of figs alone, I think they're doing a great job of figuring it out!


No public restrooms are available at their farm.

Homemade ice cream to enjoy with fruit cobbler will be served after our tour for a suggested $5 donation.

Contact Information:
Contact: Penny Ellis
Admission: No Charge