Planted on a steep hillside (25% grade), the orchard will be a showcase for hillside stabilization, and remediation, as we use a variety of plant-based strategies to control erosion, capture water, and transform a brown-field into fertile ground.
How can I help?
As we move towards our planting date, there will be ample opportunity for volunteers: design, soil improvement, fence-building…all are welcome! We are actively raising funds for the orchard. $500 adopts a tree for its lifetime, providing for its planting, irrigation, pruning, and fertilization.
Grow Ohio Valley is collaborating with the Department of Agriculture and the Wheeling Housing Authority to plant this one-of-a-kind apple orchard on Vineyard Hill. The orchard, located in one of the most visible places in Wheeling, will transform this abandoned hillside into a veritable billboard for fresh food and civic engagement. Groundwork began in 2015; planting-time is hot on our heels!