HFS Volunteer Workshops


HFS activities rely entirely upon the broad range of skills and experience of our amazing volunteers and their communal dedication. You too can get involved by participating in one of our Volunteer Workshops, which focus on maintaining and improving our collection and facilities. These take place at HFS's home base, the Heritage Block at Petty's Orchard in Templestowe.

Our workshops feature a wide range of activities, including planting trees, maintaining our irrigation and tree protection, picking apples for our Tasting Events, tree pruning, preparation for our Grafting Days and much else ... there's truly something for everyone! Most of what we do is outdoor work, some of which (but not all) requiring some degree of physical fitness. These workshops are also an opportunity for learning and self-improvement: they are a great way for volunteers to learn about fruit varieties, techniques and skills used in orchard fruit growing, tree pruning and propagation methods, safe operation and maintenance of farm machinery, and much more.

Here's what volunteers can expect at every HFS workshop:

  • meeting and working with other like-minded, friendly and helpful volunteers
  • an opportunity to learn new skills and apply existing ones
  • a time for chat over coffee and something nice to go with it
  • fresh air, beautiful surroundings, and the satisfaction of contributing to an important cause

HFS Volunteer Workshops are usually held from 9am to 12 noon on each month's first Sunday and first and third Wednesday. These dates can vary around holiday times, so keep an eye on the calendar below - or better still, subscribe to our newsletter to receive up-to-date information on everything we do. If you want to know more, the best way is to come along to a workshop and find out for yourself! Good news: there is no dress code, aside from footwear suited to uneven surfaces.

Aside from our Volunteer Workshops, there are other ways to participate in the Society's efforts: assisting in running our public events, behind-the-scenes administration stuff, applying some of your special related skills, and more. Please contact us for more information regarding these.


Upcoming Workshops

    • Wed, June 19, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • HFS Heritage Block at Petty's Orchard, 1 Homestead Road, Templestowe

    HFS Volunteer Workshop: a workshop focusing on maintaining and developing our heritage orchard and its facilities. There will be a break for a cuppa and a chat, and to learn more from each other too. These workshops are always engaging and educational for everyone! No prior registration is required, and all are welcome.

    • Wed, July 03, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • HFS Heritage Block at Petty's Orchard, 1 Homestead Road, Templestowe

    HFS Volunteer Workshop: a workshop focusing on maintaining and developing our heritage orchard and its facilities. There will be a break for a cuppa and a chat, and to learn more from each other too. These workshops are always engaging and educational for everyone! No prior registration is required, and all are welcome.

    • Sun, July 07, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • HFS Heritage Block at Petty's Orchard, 1 Homestead Road, Templestowe

    HFS Volunteer Workshop: a workshop focusing on maintaining and developing our heritage orchard and its facilities. There will be a break for a cuppa and a chat, and to learn more from each other too. These workshops are always engaging and educational for everyone! No prior registration is required, and all are welcome.

    • Wed, July 17, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • HFS Heritage Block at Petty's Orchard, 1 Homestead Road, Templestowe

    HFS Volunteer Workshop: a workshop focusing on maintaining and developing our heritage orchard and its facilities. There will be a break for a cuppa and a chat, and to learn more from each other too. These workshops are always engaging and educational for everyone! No prior registration is required, and all are welcome.

    • Sat, July 20, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • HFS Heritage Block at Petty's Orchard, 1 Homestead Road, Templestowe

    HFS Volunteer Workshop: a workshop focusing on maintaining and developing our heritage orchard and its facilities. There will be a break for a cuppa and a chat, and to learn more from each other too. These workshops are always engaging and educational for everyone! No prior registration is required, and all are welcome.

    • Sat, July 27, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • HFS Heritage Block at Petty's Orchard, 1 Homestead Road, Templestowe

    We are running a special fun and social afternoon to prepare for the following weekend’s HFS Tree Sales and Grafting Days. All are welcome, and no special skills are required. As ever, there will be lots to do - but lots of joy in doing it together:

    • Collecting, preparing and bundling scion material from the orchard for sale and grafting purposes
    • Grafting up trees for planting out, and ones to be sold
    • Behind-the-scenes essentials such as keeping track of what's been done and what's left to do, moving tree pots from and to the right places, and labelling trees legibly 
    • Helping with organising materials for our big Tree Sales and Grafting Days on the following weekend
    • Observing and learning about grafting from our experienced grafters
    • Planting out some of our new plum trees into the orchard

    This will be a great opportunity to experience what makes HFS really tick, learn more about the HFS collections and how we manage them, and to enjoy a social afternoon as well. Please come along to help if you can! It’s hardly essential to come for the entire afternoon: by all means, just pop in for an hour or two – every bit of effort helps.

    Please bring your grafting knife, if you have one. Afternoon tea and endless hot cuppas will be provided - but feel free to bring your own lunch. We’ll put up additional marquee(s) and wind protection, and do everything we can to make conditions comfortable for everyone (but it’d be wise to rug up anyway). We hope to see you there!

     

    • Sat, August 03, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • CERES, at corner of Stewart Street and Roberts Street, Brunswick
    Our annual free Grafting and Tree Sales Day at CERES! Here, visitors can:
    • obtain scion (budwood) from many of our hundreds of varieties of apples and other fruits
    • request on-site grafting of apple scion onto suitable rootstock we provide (please note: ungrafted rootstock will not be available for separate sale)
    • purchase pre-grafted young fruit trees, ready for planting out
    • observe experienced (and helpful and friendly) HFS volunteers as they graft up new trees
    • ask our knowledgeable volunteers about all aspects of the above
    No prior registration required. For more details, see: https://www.heritagefruitssociety.org/TSandGDays-2024
      • Sun, August 04, 2024
      • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Petty's Orchard, 1 Homestead Road, Templestowe

      Our annual free Grafting and Tree Sales Day at Petty's Orchard in Templestowe! Here, visitors can:

      • obtain scion (budwood) from many of our hundreds of varieties of apples and other fruits
      • request on-site grafting of apple scion onto suitable rootstock we provide (please note: ungrafted rootstock will not be available for separate sale)
      • purchase pre-grafted young fruit trees, ready for planting out
      • observe experienced (and helpful and friendly) HFS volunteers as they graft up new trees
      • ask our knowledgeable volunteers about all aspects of the above
      • see and learn about our historic fruit trees at Petty's Orchard

      No prior registration required. For more details, see:  https://www.heritagefruitssociety.org/TSandGDays-2024


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