Randolph Community Orchard Inc. (RCO) was formed in December 2017 to establish an education-focused community orchard and to advocate for tree-based perennial food production.
We are motivated by an understanding that Vermont, while enjoying a more robust and localized food system than most States, is still greatly dependent on distant production and the complex, delicate systems that keep our grocery stores filled. It is our belief that certain social, political, economic, and climatic trends all point to the necessity for localized groups to organize and work through mutual aid for the common good. Chief among those is food production, and we hope to make a proper contribution to the local food system while educating and aiding others in establishing their own projects.
Our fruit plantings will emphasize disease resistant and heirloom apples and pears, hybrid plums, improved saskatoons, and include hardy and experimental strains of peach, apricot, pawpaw, quince, medlar, and mulberry, among others.
Our nut plantings will emphasize American and Chinese chestnuts and crosses, black walnut, butternut, heartnut, hickory, experimental Northern pecan, ginkgo, and hazelnuts.