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- Rebecca Solnit
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 2017 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

Renovating Old Apple Trees

Grafting Fruit Trees

Organic Orcharding 101

Top Grafting Fruit Trees

Summer Orchard Care

Bud Grafting


 


Pruning Fruit Trees

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sat., March 11 – Two locations: Cumberland and College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor
Sat., March 25 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Designed for beginner to intermediate orchardists managing backyard plantings to larger orchards. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set, and quality fruit yield. Scionwood collection and storage will also be covered. Confirmation and directions will be sent a week prior to the start of the workshop. Please keep in mind that pre-registration and payment are required and this course fills up quickly!

 


 


Renovating Old Apple Trees


Sat., March 18 - Freedom
Sat., March 25 - Beech Hill Farm, Mount Desert, and Cunningham Island, Newcastle
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Do you have any old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and upkeep your heritage trees. Participants should dress appropriately and bring their pruners, loppers, saws and a bag lunch.

 


 


Grafting Fruit Trees

Sat., April 8 - MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Sun., April 9 - College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Instructors will explain how to graft, demonstrate 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 also be discussed. Please bring a grafting knife and a bag lunch. Grafting Knives (model #475v Victorinox Grafting) can be purchased in advance from A.M. Leonard, or FEDCO.

 


 


Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips

Sat., April 15 - MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Join Michael Phillips, author of
"The Apple Grower" and "The Holistic Orchard," 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.

 


 


Top Grafting Fruit Trees


Sat., May 13 - Mueller's Fruit Farm, Thorndike
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert or heritage varieties onto your existing trees with John Bunker. In this workshop you will see how a professional topgrafts and will be able to try it on your own. Please remember to bring a bag lunch.


 


Summer Orchard Care

Sat., June 24 - Redpath Orchard, 9 Orchard Rd., Cumberland
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Learn tips and tricks to caring for your orchard through the summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest in the late summer and fall. C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchard educator, will instruct the course and answer any questions you may have. Please remember to bring a bag lunch.


 


Bud Grafting Workshop

Sat., August 5 - North Branch Farm, Monroe
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
Bring your own knives and a bag lunch

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. Instructor Seth Yentes 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

Interested in a partial or full scholarship? Please fill out a scholarship application form by February 1st.

 


  

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