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 2014 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., March 8 at Clayfield Farm, 83 Clayfield Road, East Blue Hill  – Instructor: Phillip Norris
Sat., March 8 at 496 Davis Road, Durham – Instructors: Dave Colson & C.J. Walke
Sat., March 8 – Common Ground Education Center, Unity – Instructor: John Bunker
Fee: $30

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.
 
 


Renovating Old Apple Trees

Saturday, March 1
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Beech Hill Farm at College of the Atlantic
Instructor: C.J. Walke

Sunday, March 23
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
479 Jones Road, Palermo, Maine, one mile south of Rte. 3 at the big red barn
Instructors: Phil Norris and John Bunker

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.

 


 

Grafting Fruit Trees
 
Saturday, April 5
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Beech Hill Farm at College of the Atlantic
Instructor: TBD 
Fee: $50
per person
 
Saturday, April 12
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Common Ground Education Center, Unity – Instructor: Jen Ries
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

Saturday, April 19
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Instructor: Michael Phillips
Common Ground Education Center Unity, Maine
Fee: $40 for members, $50 for non-members

Sunday, April 20
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Instructor: Michael Phillips
Beech Hill Farm at College of the Atlantic
Fee: $
40 for members, $50 for non-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 Workshop
 
Saturday, June 28
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
496 Davis Road, Durham, Maine
Instructors: CJ Walke and Dave Colson
Cost: $30 / $25 student/apprentice fee/ free for JPs

Have you thought about planting fruit trees, but not sure how to grow them organically? Or do you have fruit trees in the ground and would like to learn organic cultivation methods? If so, join CJ Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchardist, in Durham, where he will present organic methods for growing tree fruit. CJ will discuss soil and nutrient requirements, explain organic pest and disease control and provide ample time to answer questions and concerns about cultivating fruit trees organically. Please remember to bring a lunch.
 
 

  


 
Bud Grafting Workshop
 
Saturday, August 9
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
North Branch Farm, Monroe, Maine
$30 per person

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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