As one of the only projects of its kind in the nation, the Bloomington Community Orchard is on the forefront of sustainable living and community building. Incredible, dedicated volunteers have worked thousands of hours to carry the Orchard from its first community meeting in February 2010, through two major grants and two community-wide planting days, and onward to harvesting and maintaining a place they love. Thanks to hundreds of community members who voted in the Communities Take Root contest, representatives from Edy’s and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation came to town to provide the trees and instruction for our first planting.

Apple Blossom

The Orchard contributes to Bloomington’s food security, inspires joyful community engagement, and educates citizens while making sustainability delicious. The Orchard is a nonprofit organization that operates in partnership with the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department. A volunteer Board of Directors approves major Orchard decisions. Volunteers have organized into teams and committees, and each has a board member as the team or committee leader.

Check out the minutes archives from the Board’s monthly meetings.


Dream, build, and share an orchard community.


To inspire communities to cultivate thriving systems of sharing and growing fruit.

These values statements guide us toward our vision. To learn more about how we’re living our values, check out our strategic plan.


Get to know the Orchard’s Board of Directors!


Orchard cultivars are carefully chosen to thrive in our region.

Click on the map below to download a BCO Visitors Map of the orchard map and key.

BCO Visitors Map

BCO Visitors Map

This key shows the cultivar for each number in the map below; final cultivar selection was based on research for Indiana’s climate and the availability of cultivars at nurseries.

Orchard Map Key

Orchard Map Key


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