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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Apple Trees
Sat., March 17
Four locations:
• Harpswell
• Bethel
• Mount Desert
• 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.

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