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Join us on Saturday, September 27th in Grand Marais for the 1st annual Apple Expo!

Join us on Saturday, September 27th for the 1st annual Apple Expo!

The morning workshop is geared towards backyard, beginning and “wanna-be” apple growers of any level.  The class will provide an overview of issues related to growing apple trees in NE Minnesota and an introduction to organic and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). There will be handouts on specific topics covered, including an introduction to apple trees and varieties and rootstock and the primary pests and diseases to be aware of in our growing region. You will be introduced to the “annual cycle of orchards” including methods for monitoring and dealing with potential pests or diseases. Lots of discussion and hands-on activities, so bring your questions!

Location: Cook County Community Center, 317 W. 5th Street, Grand Marais, MN

Schedule:

8:45 Welcome & refreshments
9 – 11:30 Introduction to Apple Growing and Integrated Pest Management in NE-MN (Cindy Hale, instructor)
11:30-12:45 Lunch on your own  (or bring a bag lunch)
1:00 – 1:30 Apple tasting  – try different varieties and some value-added products.  (David Bedford, UMN and Cindy Hale) Bring your apples for taste testing too!!
1:30 – 4:00 Tours of 3 newly planted High-Density Apple Orchards with opportunities for questions & answers

Cost: $5 person or $10 family. Please call CC Extension at 218-387-3015 to pre-register so we can plan for handouts!

Funding and support for this event provide by a grant from the MN Department of Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Program, Cook County Extension… and a lot of donated time and effort!