Orcharding​

2021 Orcharding Workshops

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.

March 13, 2021

Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, annual fruit set and quality fruit yield. Collection of scion wood and storage will also be discussed.

March 21, 2021

Learn various methods to demonstrate proper pruning of trees that have been unmanaged. This class differs from our pruning classes in that the trees we work with are older and have not been pruned in a long time.

April 10, 2021

Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Learn why to graft and the techniques for whip & tongue grafting. This workshop will be taught online.

April 25, May 2, May 9, 2021

A comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make disease and insect challenges doable for the organic grower. Offered online this year.

May 1, 2021

Learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert or heritage varieties onto your existing trees. Offered in webinar format this year.

June 3 & 10, 2021

We are offering two workshops related to summer orchard care this year: Low Intervention Fruit Tree Care & Holistic Practices at the Heritage Orchard. Both offered online.

October 7, 2021

A primer on propagating and growing nut trees in Maine, covering growing considerations (selecting species, sites and more) as well as processing your nut harvest.

Organic Orcharding 101

A comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make disease and insect challenges doable for the organic grower.

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