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 2015 Organic Orcharding Workshop Series Minimize

A series of workshops, covering theory and hands-on practice in organic fruit tree and orchard management.
Designed for beginner to intermediate orchardists managing backyard plantings to larger orchards.
Pruning Fruit Trees


Pruning Fruit Trees
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sat., February 28 – Common Ground Education Center, Unity – Instructor: C.J. Walke
Sat., March 14 – New Leaf Farm, Durham – Instructor: Angus Deighan
$50 non-members; $35 members

Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set and quality fruit yield. Collection of scion wood and storage will also be discussed. Please bring a bag lunch. Course will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you'd like to take the course in Southern Maine take the same course through the Resilience Hub at Apple Acres Farm in Hiram. FMI visit the Resilience Hub.

Renovating Old Apple Trees

Sat., March 21

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Locations: Jones Rd. in Palermo (1 mile south of Route 3) with John
 Bunker and Angus Deighan; Beech Hill Farm, Mount Desert with C.J. Walke; or Kermit Nickerson School, Swanville with Sean Murphy

$50 non-members; $35 members

The course is focused on pruning and feeding very old non-productive fruit trees in order to bring them back into fruitfulness. Instructors will employ various methods to demonstrate proper pruning of trees that have been unmanaged. Participants should dress appropriately and bring their pruners, loppers, saws and a bag lunch.

If you'd like to take the course in Southern Maine take the same course through the Resilience Hub at Erin Forbe's place in Portland. FMI visit the Resilience Hub.



Grafting Fruit Trees
Sat., April 11
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Locations: Common Ground Education Center, Unity with Jen Ries or College of the Atlantic, Mount Desert with C.J. Walke
Fee: $50
per person

Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Instructor Jen Ries of Whiffletree Nursery will explain how to graft, demonstrating whip & tongue and T-budding, as well as outdoor grafting (top working) of established trees. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant. Care for the new trees will be discussed. Please bring a grafting knife and a bag lunch. Course will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grafting knives should be purchased in advance from FEDCO.

Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips

Sat., April 18
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Instructor: Michael Phillips
Location: David Buchanan's Portersfield Cider, 255 Elmwood Rd., Pownal, Maine
Fee: $50 for non-members;
$40 for members

Join Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower, for a comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make disease and insect challenges doable for the organic grower, including lectures, discussions, question and answer periods inside and out. Learn what to expect in your orchard and how to manage it. Please bring a bag lunch. Course will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Summer Orchard Care

 Sat., June 27
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
$50 non-members; $35 members

Have you thought about planting fruit trees but were not sure how to grow them organically? Or do you have fruit trees in the ground and you would like to learn organic cultivation methods? If so, join C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchardist, at the MOFGA grounds, where he will present organic methods for growing tree fruit. We will be visiting the Maine Heritage Orchard to talk about young tree care and then we'll progress to MOFGA's south orchard to talk about tree care at a later stage. Walke will discuss soil and nutrient requirements and organic pest and disease control. He'll provide ample time to answer questions and concerns about cultivating fruit trees organically. Please remember to bring a lunch.


Bud Grafting Workshop
Sat., August 8
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
North Branch Farm, Monroe, Maine
$50 non-members; $45 Student/Apprentice; $35 members; Journeypersons free

Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees as well as many ornamentals. "Budding" uses individual buds from this year’s new growth to graft onto rootstock already set in the nursery. Taught by Seth Yentes at North Branch Farm. Seth grafts thousands of trees every year. All major tree fruit species will be covered. MOFGA will supply the buds and the rootstock. Participants should bring their own knives (available for sale here) as well as a bag lunch.

Please call the MOFGA office if you have any questions – 568-4142



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