Before you commit to Donating to this project, please note that we are a non-profit corporation but NOT a charitable organization so we are unable to issue charitable receipts.
Few non-profits function without the leadership of paid administration and social programs require financing in order to deliver. Your dollars will go a long way to ensuring our young project becomes sustainable.
Here are some of the things we have done entirely by volunteers:
Our FLAGSHIP PROJECT-THE RIPLEY APPLE-The Township of Huron-Kinloss opened the Ripley Rail Trail this summer and with the assistance of the BBFG, they have focused on the numerous apple trees along the trail and have called it the Ripley APPLE Rail Trail.
Subsequently, BBFG volunteers selected three wild apple trees from hundreds of trees along the existing rail trail that were
The three apples were presented at Ripley's 150th Fall Fair (one of the largest in the county) where 324 people taste-tested and voted on the apple they felt was best suited to be named the Ripley Apple. The winning tree will be reproduced by scion wood cuttings and grafting to root stock this winter by our heirloom apple experts, Bill and Lyn O'Keefe at O'Keefe Grange (just NW of Dobbinton, Ontario) Trees will be ready for the 150th Old Boys Reunion in 2015. This will be a fundraising project for the Garden as well.
Interested in ordering a Ripley Apple Tree?
Contact us through our contact page.
Our Living Marketplace-we opened the gardens 24/7 allowing visitors to come in, take a self guided tour, learn about the plants and their exciting histories, and pick from our 200+ varieties of food plants for their daily meals. Payment was Pay as You Are Able through a donation slot in our gatehouse. This approach leveled the field. Those who could pay, did. Those who could pay only a little, did. And those who couldn't pay were still able to eat fresh, nutritious, healthy food.
Foodshare-We are able to share our abundances with a number of social agencies in our area of Bruce County. Our volunteers are also encouraged to take farm fresh produce home with them for their meals.
Tours-We host not only students from the local school but 4H, Junior Horticulture, independent home schooling associations, and summer camps.
We also have space to accommodate bus tours (by appointment) Thursday thru Sunday weekly during the growing season. Late July and August are optimal times to visit.
MUDOVEN -UNDER CONSTRUCTION-With the generous donation from Nuclear Waste Management Ontario, we are building a Mudoven which will enable us to expand our culinary offerings and programming capabilities.
WATER HARVESTING DEMONSTRATION UNIT-The Ontario Horticultural Society through the Ripley Horticultural Society has funded our water harvesting demo unit at our gatehouse. It will show children (of all ages!) how water can be saved from structures to water gardens in times of drought. This project has been generously supported by the Ontario Horticultural Association through the Ripley Horticultural Association.
COVERED CLASSROOM AND EVENT SPACE
Using parts of a reclaimed hoop house, we are developing covered classroom/event spaces that will provide protected activity space for classes, seminars and other activity.
The selected apple to become the Ripley Rail Apple
Our COOL thankyou from the Ripley Huron CommunitySchool Grades 3-4 students for the site tour
Food donated to the YMCA Daycare-Ripley
Keepin' the Beet with the Haret
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