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Apple Orchard Pruning, Grafting and Management Workshops
Introduction to Integrated Pest Management*
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.
Fruit Tree Pruning for Beginners
This class is appropriate for participants of all skill levels and will cover the tools and techniques used for restorative pruning of older fruit trees. Class will begin with brief introduction, followed by hands-on work, all tools needed will be provided but bring your own if you have them too (please bleach them to sterilize before coming to prevent transmission fire blight). Also, bring pictures of your trees and we will discuss them, time permitting. Dress for the weather!
Training Young Trees
This class is appropriate for participants of all skill levels and will cover the tools and techniques used for training young fruit trees for optimum health and production as they mature. We’ll begin with brief classroom instruction, followed by hands-on work. Bring pictures of your trees and we will discuss them, time permitting. All tools will be provided, dress for the weather!
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, sealant, etc.) and one semi-dwarf 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.
Deb Shubat is offering this through Duluth Community Education
Fruit Tree Field Grafting
Outdoor field grafting Want more apple varieties, but don’t have room for more trees? Learn how to have five different apples on one tree! Save that great fruit tree from the family farm or cabin before the tree dies by grafting it onto a younger existing tree. Each student must bring a sharp, straight bladed knife along, good fitting leather gloves recommended. Grafting bands, sealant, and non-patented scions from a range of varieties will be provided. Bring your own scion wood of a 1-2 year old limb that has been cut directly before class. Keep scions moist by putting them in plastic bags with moist paper towels, leaves or moss.
Making Your Own Fruit Vinegar Workshop
Date & Time: dates & locations change all the time so check back
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!