Community Apple Drive is Crowdsourcing Cider to Benefit Local Land Stewards

Local Cider Makers Crowdsource Apples for Benefit Cider

WildCraft Cider Works’ first annual Urban Orchard Community Apple Drive is going strong

WildCraft Cider Works is proud to introduce the first ever Urban Orchard Community Apple Drive, a project that will deliver a handcrafted cider made from the community, for the community, with a little help from all the wildcrafters out there. The Urban Orchard Community Apple Drive runs from August to November community members with excess fruit or bumper crops are encouraged to bring in their excess fruit in exchange for cider or fresh juice. Fruit can be dropped at The Cider house, 390 Lincoln St, Eugene, OR 97401 during open hours or the WildCraft Press House, 254 Lincoln St, Eugene, OR 97401. The collected fruit will be used in the creation of our Urban Orchard cider to be released in the coming new year. 10% of sales from this cider will be donated to the Long Tom Watershed Council ( a vital organization involved in restoring an protecting waterways and surrounding habitat in the southern Willamette valley.

At WildCraft, we pride ourselves on being community organizers and responsible stewards of local resources. As the seasonal change comes upon us and neighborhood trees paint the sidewalks with fallen fruit, we continue to press the finest handcrafted high-quality cider from wild orchards and local farmlands. But we’re about to take it one step further, into your backyard.

Cider doesn’t get more local than when it is made from the fruit of your own trees. Is your backyard a wild place? Gather up any fallen or unwanted fruit from your garden or backyard and bring it in to one of our designated drop-off locations. Our WildCraft family will be there to receive your fruit donation and offer you trade vouchers good for WildCraft hard cider or fresh juice. Apples, pears and plums–all varietals are welcome. This is a full-scale community effort, geared toward utilizing local resources and bringing us closer together around the age-old process of crafting handmade cider.

Your fruit donation to the Urban Orchard Apple Drive will culminate in our first ever Urban Orchard Cider, slated for release on New Year’s Eve. In the spirit of community stewardship 10% of all sales from Urban Orchard Cider created with the apples and fruit from the Community Apple Drive will be donated to The Long Tom Watershed Council ( Together we can aid in the restoration efforts of organizations, land trusts, and land owners in our community who have taken up our collective responsibility to care for our waterways and wild spaces.  

So whether you’re a fruit connoisseur with a basket of apples from your prized personal orchard, or your backyard is a jungle with an abundance of otherwise forsaken fruit, your contribution can help us here at WildCraft create great cider for everyone.

Your community, your resources, your ciderhouse. The Urban Orchard Apple Drive runs through November 1st, 2015.


The details:

Bring in your unwanted fruit and together we will make Urban Orchard cider! We will give you trade to the The CiderHouse in exchange.

August through November we will be welcoming All varietals of apples, pears & plums.

Barter fruit for Cider! The more fruit you bring the more trade you get!

1 box* = 1 pint of cider or 1 quart of fresh juice

4 boxes* = 32oz commemorative growlette** + fill

* 40lbs or more of usable fruit per box. Payment in trade voucher redeemable at The CiderHouse. 
**While supplies last.

Fruit can be dropped at these locations:

the CiderHouse
390 Lincoln St, Eugene, OR 97401
4pm-11pm Tue – Thurs
3pm-12am Fri – Sat

WildCraft Press House
254 Lincoln St, Eugene, OR 97401
9am-5pm Mon -Fri

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