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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>, 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!
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
SORRY, we have to cancel the Sunday workshops…but you can still join Cindy Hale to learn how to prune & train young apple trees and restorative pruning for old apple trees. Saturday Feb 10th at The Apple Tree Guy’s Place in Carlton, please register at his website.
Current forecast is for sun and warmer temps, perfect for pruning!
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
We have apple tree pruning, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and high density planting workshops scheduled now! More will be coming so keep an eye on the workshop website or Facebook page and please register if you want to attend!
at Bluff Country Coop in Winona, only $7 per class for members and $10 for non-members…now that a deal! Call 507-452-1815 to register
“The Making of Vinegars” – 9 to 11 am – Cindy Hale of Clover Valley Farms & Vinegary will give a quick introduction to the different type of vinegars, how they are made and their different characteristics. She will then lead you through the steps of creating your own homemade fruit vinegars. You bring an unopened bottle of wine and an empty, clean a quart-sized canning jar. She will provide the bacterial “mother” and an easy to follow procedure for culturing your own homemade and healthful vinegars.
“Preserving Herbs with Vinegars and Salts” – 1 to 3 PM– Love those fresh herbs! Dried or frozen herbs just aren’t the same, so learn how to preserve those fabulous fresh herb flavors using different vinegars and salts. You can maximize the “fresh” herb flavors so you can have it at your fingertips when they aren’t in season! We will provide everything you need to do 2 different herb-vinegar infusions and one salt infusion. BUT, if you have fresh herbs and/or vinegars you’d like to use, bring them along, with some extra canning jars!