Did you know there is a sprinkling of community areas around the Peace offering free food?
Located in the once empty section between the Taylor Community Church and the Fire Hall, the Taylor Community Orchard is a collection of edible perennials publicly accessible to anyone willing to respectfully come out and harvest its bounty.
This is a quickly developing project first announced in December 2019 that has since been awarded funding and will provide the community and visitors access to a variety of resources.
The ‘Wow’ factor definitely comes from the orchards impressive collection of around 90 edible perennials hardy to our northern climates, including fruit trees, raspberries, strawberries, hazelnuts, grapes, herbs, and berry bushes such as haskaps all in an area roughly the size of a double town lot.
Funding has also been secured for a gazebo, picnic tables, and deer fencing, pending the approval from the district, and which are hoped to be in place by the end of the summer. This young orchard is sure to provide a bounty of food for the area for years to come, as well as, serve as inspiration for an array of community events.
Updates for this project can be found on social media channels through @pchomesteading. Have questions? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joleen Morrison lives in Taylor and writes about local food. Follow her at @pchomesteading on Facebook.