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 2018 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 with Michael Phillips

Top Grafting Fruit Trees

Summer Orchard Care

Bud Grafting


 


Pruning Fruit Trees

Sat., March 10 – Three locations:
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor
Morning Glory Farm, Bethel
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity*
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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! * This location is sold out.

 


 


Renovating Old Apple Trees


Sat., March 17 – Four locations:
Morning Glory Farm, Bethel
444 Basin Point Rd., Harpswell
Beech Hill Farm, Mount Desert
Kermit S. Nickerson School, Swanville
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 7
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Sat., April 28
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 Jennifer Ries of Whiffletree Nursery and Anne Hallee of Rising Up Farm in the Unity workshop, and C.J. Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchard Educator in the Bar Harbor workshop,​ will explain why to graft and will demonstrate the techniques for Whip & Tongue grafting. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant. Care for the new trees will also be discussed. Fee includes all supplies including rootstock, scionwood and handouts. Please bring a bag lunch. You will need to purchase a grafting knife in advance of this event! Any old knife will NOT do.This is the one you will need: https://www.fedcoseeds.com/ogs/search?item=8989.

 


 


Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips


Sat., April 14 – 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, 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.


 


Top Grafting Fruit Trees


Sat., May 12 – Three locations:
Mueller's Fruit Farm, Thorndike, with John Bunker and Laura Sieger
Morning Glory Farm, Bethel, with Eric List
Eden Acres Farm, East Waterboro, with Bryan Quincannon
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 16 – MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
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.

Workshop Schedule

10 a.m.
Introduction to organic principles
10:30 a.m.
Soil fertility and nutrient needs of fruit trees
Organic soil amendments and their application
Safe handling of nutrient materials (rock powders, granular amendments, liquids)
11 a.m.
Common orchard pests (insects and diseases)
Identification of insect pests and life cycles
Identification of disease pathogens and life cycles
11:30 a.m.
Cultural methods to deter/prevent orchard pests<
Sticky traps, pheromone traps, beneficial insects
OMRI approved materials for pest and disease control
Safe handling of pest control materials
12 noon
Lunch
12:30 p.m.
Orchard planning
Roostocks and varieties (disease resistance)
Tree planting
1 p.m.
Orchard maintenance
Pruning, training, mulching, mowing
Harvesting and record keeping
1:30 p.m.
Hands-on activities in MOFGA orchards
3 p.m.
Adjourn
 


 


Bud Grafting Workshop

Sat., August 4 - 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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