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Intro to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at Clover Valley Farms!

Geared towards backyard and beginning growers of all skill levels, whether you have 1 backyard tree or a small orchard. This class will include overview of issues related to growing healthy fruit trees and controlling pests and diseases throughout the season with emphasis on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and organic management of fruit trees. Classes will include lots of handouts on specific topics covered including the “annual cycle of orchards”, meeting the culprits (recognizing specific diseases and pests), methods for monitoring and dealing with potential pests or diseases. Lots of discussion and hands-on activities, so bring your questions!

Saturday, June 9th, 2018 – 10am-noon
Location: Clover Valley Farms, 6534 Homestead Road, Duluth, MN
Cost: $25 per person/couple
To Register: contact Cindy Hale <>, 218-525-0094

On our farm we use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) with a strong emphasis on only spraying when something is needed. The core idea behind IPM is to understand the life cycles of the plants being managed and the pests and diseases that can impact them. We monitor the phenology of our orchards as well as pests and diseases so we know what is present in our orchards at any given time. That information drives decisions about when or what to spray and more importantly when NOT to spray. We collect and submit our weekly data to the MN Department of Agriculture’s IPM newsletter which you can use to find local information about what conditions are being found around the state.

Our Summer Farm Field Day will follow from 1pm-4pm, so bring snacks & lunch!

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Cindy Hale will be back teaching fruit tree grafting March 28th in Grand Marais!

Fruit Tree Grafting for Beginners – indoor bench grafting
Save or propagate the old family apple tree by learning how to graft it onto a new root to create a new tree! Course fee includes all supplies (handouts, grafting bands, tools, etc.) and one semi-dwarf rootstock (additional rootstock available for $6 each from instructor, supplies are limited) and a selection of non-patented scions (twigs of desired apple varieties). Each student should bring a sharp, straight bladed knife (some will be provided for use during the class), good fitting leather gloves recommended. Bring your own “scion” wood if you have some. A “scion” is a 1-2 year old twig, the longer the better, cut directly before class. Keep scions moist by putting them in plastic bags with moist paper towels, leaves or moss.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018, 5:30-7pm 
Location: Cook County Community Center, 317 W. 5th Street, Grand Marais, MN 55604
Cost: $15 per person  To Register call: Diane Booth, 218-387-3015

Grafting Tools and Process with Images

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Upcoming class schedule is here!

Making Vinegars

Cindy Hale of Clover Valley Farms & Vinegary will lead you through the steps of creating your own homemade fruit vinegar. Bring a clean quart-sized canning jar. You will go home with full instructions and your very own vinegar Mother!
Thursday, May 11th, 5:30-7pm at the Cook County Coop, Grand Marais, MN
To register call 218-387-2503, $5 owners / $10 non-owners

Infusing vinegars with herbs & fruits plus 3-ingredient recipes!

Cindy Hale of Clover Valley Farms & Vinegary will provide everything you need to make two different herb-vinegar infusions, and a fruit-vinegar infusion and make several easy three-ingredient recipes to taste in class. You will go home with even more easy recipes and ideas to add zest and health to your everyday cooking repertoire! We will supply everything you need in class, but if you have fresh herbs, fruits or homemade vinegars you’d like to use, bring them along, with some extra canning jars!
Friday, June 2, 2017 at 6:00pm to: 8:00pm at the People’s Food Coop, Lacrosse, WI
To register call 608-784-5798, $15 members / $25 non-members


Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Apple Orchards

Cindy Hale of Clover Valley Farms & Vinegary  will be teaching about apple tree pest and disease issues and how to deal with them in safe and organic ways. This class will answer many of those questions you have about those “spots on your apples” and much more! Plenty of handouts and links to other sources of information too.
Sunday, June 4, 2017 from noon-3:00pm at the The Apple Tree Guy’s  219 Kettner Drive, Carlton, MN
To register online go to the website, or call 218-391-1113, Cost $25 per person

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Farm Field Day – Sunday, August 14th, 1-4 PM


Developing profitable apple production along Lake Superior’s north shore of MN*

Building efficiency, capacity & food safety for value-added products**


Tour Clover Valley Farm’s orchards demonstrating a range of apple production methods including high density (trellised) and semi-dwarf apple blocks using 2 semi-dwarf and 5 high density root stock and more than a dozen varieties intended to assess options for commercial apple production along the North Shore of MN. Learn more about the achievements of the 3-year project, including the locations, numbers and descriptions of the orchards, rootstock,  apple varieties established from Wrenshall to Grand Marais. Meet “Gitchee Gummi Golden” a historic, locally-adapted apple varieties identified using genetic sampling of heritage apple trees conducted by Dr. Briana Gross, University of MN Duluth, Check out our new timber frame building that will serve as clean dry storage for our apple/fruit production and processing equipment and a root cellar that will be used to short-term storage of apples and overwintering of grafted fruit trees and other farm crops.

Date:  Sunday, August 14th                 Time: 1-4 pm
Clover Valley Farms, 6534 Homestead Road, Duluth, MN 55804

Directions:  From Duluth, head up the North Shore expressway Hwy 61 14 miles to St. Louis Co. 42 (Homestead Road). Turn left (away from Lake Superior) and go 4.2 miles to Clover Valley Farms on the right. Parking on Homestead Road will be necessary, watch for the “MDA Field Day” signs.

Jeff Hall & Cindy Hale, proprietors of Clover Valley Farms & Vinegary

Phone: 218-525-0094

E-mail Address:




Collaborators Include:

  • Diane Booth, Cook County-University of MN Extension
  • Dr. Briana Gross, University of MN Duluth
  • MN Department of Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program*
  • MN Department of Agriculture, Value-Added Producer Grant Program**
  • Organic Fruit Growers Association
  • The Land Stewardship Project
  • MN Grown