Workshops and Classes

Our 2018 Workshop Schedule is beginning to take shape! It will include apple orchard workshops and great sessions on cooking with and making vinegars, yum, yum! The list is always changing so check back to see new ones as they are scheduled!

Apple Orchard Pruning, Grafting and Management Workshops

Introduction to Integrated Pest Management*
Saturday, June 9th, 2018 – 10am-noon

Location: Clover Valley Farms, 6534 Homestead Road, Duluth, MN
Cost: $25 per person/couple, contact Cindy Hale <>, 218-525-0094, to register

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!

*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.

Cooking Classes

Making Your Own Fruit Vinegar Workshop at the Midwest Energy Fair*

Date & Time: Saturday, June 16th, 5:30 pm

Location: Yellow Flag Tent

Cindy Hale of Clover Valley Farms will introduce you to different type of vinegar. She will then lead you through the steps of creating your own live-cultured fruit vinegar. It’s fun and delicious!

Visit our booth at The 29th Annual Energy Fair, June 15-17 in Custer WI! Learn about renewable energy and sustainable living education.