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Apple Picking at Drake Orchard – 15+Volunteers Needed

Please join us for our next harvest at Drake Orchard in Bedford County. We are looking for 15 (or more) volunteers to come out and harvest with us!

We harvested over 3000 pounds this past Saturday and have huge amounts left to harvest. We need as many volunteers as possible this Friday, September 22nd, 10 AM to 2 PM, LUNCH included!!  (with Apples to take home!!). 

Rain date is Saturday, September 23rd. If the weather is threatening, you will be notified of a cancellation by an email. Please check your email before leaving your home if there’s a chance of a weather-related cancellation (will be an email from

Location: Drake Orchard is in Everett, PA about 1 hour and 45 minutes’ drive on beautiful Rt 99 South. 

Directions –

Follow Rt 99 South to Bedford

Take Rt 30 East (to Everett),

Exit at Business Rt 30 into Everett and proceed for about 1/4 mile on Main Street.  Take a right turn on W. 5th Street which will take you over a river.  After you cross the river, take a right onto Black Valley Rd (State Rt 2015)

After around 5 miles, pass 4 big Ag buildings on your right.

Another 5 miles or so are 2 large Ag buildings.  Directly after those two Ag buildings there are two driveways on your right.

This first driveway has a wagon wheel and the mailbox is green/yellow.

Turn right into the next (unpaved) driveway towards the Orchard.

Then take the first left to Tom’s Orchard, parking by the barn.

It is approximately 9.7 miles from where you turn onto Black Valley Rd to the driveway. We will have TWnM signs to direct you into the correct driveway.

The GPS address is Black Hills Rd, Monroe township, PA The GPS coordinates you can use in your map application are

39.890810, -78.476550

There is a restroom in the house.

Lunch will be provided on the front porch (and you can tour the old house and spring house if you’d like)

Any questions, please call Bill Zimmer


Level of difficulty:  Easy

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES: In addition to your General Volunteer activities, we are looking for (1) Photography Volunteer to take pictures. If you are willing to do this task, please click the appropriate checkbox which will appear after you click the “Sign Up Now” button. We will contact you with more details.

Important guidelines for your volunteer activity:

  • Observe the directions for parking listed on the site description.
  • Hydration is key – bring a water bottle!
  • Our team will provide all needed equipment, such as apple pickers and carrying and storage containers, etc.
  • Closed-toe shoes and a shirt are required.  Long pants are recommended as are waterproof footwear if it has been raining recently. 
  • If you have your own gloves, please bring your own (we will have a limited amount available for those who don’t have gloves)

PLEASE NOTE: No children under the age of 12….all Volunteers 12 -16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian who must register to participate.

Need to cancel? We rely on our volunteers, but we also understand that life happens. If you’re unable to attend a workday simply log back on and cancel your registration, preferably at least 48 hours before your workday.


Awareness of Risk. You understand that participating in a TWnM Community Food Growing Program (TWnM) volunteer opportunity (“Opportunity”) has a risk of death or injury. The risks could be caused by you, other volunteers, TWnM, or the owner of the property on which a Garden or Orchard is located (referred to as “Landowner.”) The risks could also come from the condition of the land where the Garden or Orchard is located, or the equipment and tools available at the Garden or Orchard, or the weather or other environmental or local conditions. You also understand that hazardous conditions may exist at the Garden or Orchard and that other volunteers may be unskilled.

Assumption of Risk and Waiver and Release of Claims. In exchange for your right to participate in an Opportunity, you agree to take on the risk of harm even if the potential harm is caused by someone else. (In legal terms, you agree to “assume the risk.”) You also agree to give up (“waive”) any right you may have to sue or otherwise attempt to collect money from the Landowner, TWnM, their board members and officers, employees, volunteers, or anyone acting on their behalf (referred to altogether as “Released Parties”) for any losses or damages resulting from death, injury, or property damage to you, anyone else, or any property, that occurs while you are in the Garden or Orchard or travel to and from the Opportunity or any events incidental to this Opportunity (In legal terms, you “waive and release all claims” against the Released Parties.) You understand that the TWnM would not permit you to participate in the Opportunity without your acceptance of these waivers and releases.

Medical Care Waiver. You give up any right to sue or otherwise attempt to collect money from (“waive and release any claim from”) the Released Parties arising out of any first aid, treatment, or medical service, including the lack of such or timing of such, given in connection with your participation in the Opportunity. You understand that you are not covered by or eligible for any workers’ compensation, or any other benefits maintained by TWnM.

Indemnification. You are responsible for any damages or losses suffered by TWnM that are caused by your actions. (In legal terms, you agree to indemnify and hold the Released Parties harmless.)

Publicity. You agree to allow TWnM to use any photographs, interviews, videotapes, film, other visual or auditory recordings, or any other medium, including the internet, of you that we or others may create in connection with your participation in the Opportunity. You agree that you do not have to inspect or approve the finished project and you are not entitled to any compensation for the finished product.


The TWnM Community Food Growing Program Team


Sep 22 2023


10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Tom Drake Orchard
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