What is an orchard?

Washington navel oranges growing in Florida
(Image courtesy of USDA)

An orchard is a type of farm where fruits and nuts are grown on trees and shrubs. Examples of orchard fruits are apples, pears, oranges, bananas, and cherries. Examples of orchard nuts are pecans, walnuts, and almonds. 

Orchard activities include the following:

  • pruning the trees
  • picking the fruit and nuts
  • checking for insects (bugs)
  • replacing old trees with new trees

See also Agricultural Science!