Putting horticultural skills within reach of people with developmental differences.
The Soltane Orchard crew's work changes in response to the seasonal needs of the land. Some activities run year-round, while others last for just 3-6 weeks. Soltane Orchard apprentices and professionals practice skills used in many jobs, especially the skill of flexibility to meet our various seasonal tasks.
There is often a limited window of time to complete a task. For example: fruit must be picked when it is ripe; not too soon and not too late.
- September/October: Apple, Black Walnut, and Chestnut Harvest
- November: Leaf Harvest for Composting
- December: Pruning Berries, Cracking/Shelling Nuts
- December-March: Orchard Pruning, Labeling Products, Candle Making, Splitting Firewood
- January/February: Maple Sugaring
- January-March: Biodynamic Tree Paste Application
- March/April: Nursery Work: Soil Mixes, Seedling Starting, Potting, Earth Boxes & Container Gardening
- May: Netting Blueberry Garden
- June-August: Berry Picking Season: Blueberry, Black Cherry, Mulberry, Raspberry, Blackberry
- June-October: Mowing and Trimming
- July-September: Container Gardening: Watering, Picking, and Freezing
- Year Round: Composting for the community
Look for Soltane Orchard products- including Apple Butter, Berry Blues Jam, Salsa, and Maple Syrup- at Kimberton Whole Foods, Soltane Bridges Bakery & Café & the Soltane Store in Phoenixville.