June 3, 2014

Looking for a really special gift for that impossible-to-buy person? Adopt a fruit tree for them at the Bilpin Fruit Bowl, and you’ll give them the chance to pick their very own crisp apples or ripe peaches, as well as support the Healthy Kids Association programs in NSW schools.

Margaret Tadrosse began this program three years ago, and 200 of her 14,000 fruit trees are already adopted out. “It costs just $150 per year,” she says, “with $15 going straight to the Healthy Kids Association. When it’s harvest time you can pop up and pick up to 60kg of fruit from your very own tree – and the proceeds from any unpicked trees or excess fruit will also go straight to the Healthy Kids Association.”

She says 95 per cent of the trees have been adopted as gifts, but quite a few have been adopted by schools from as far away as Maroubra. “The school kids will come to us on an excursion, pick the fruit from their trees to munch over the next few weeks in their ‘sip and crunch’ time, and they also learn about sustainable farming.”

Trees have been adopted as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day presents, for baby naming days, and even birthdays – hold a picnic party under the adopted tree. Bilpin Fruit Bowl is the only farm in Australia offering the program, and Margaret says she hopes to eventually have all trees adopted out – especially to schools so children can learn first hand where their fruit comes from.

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