Home Orchard Establishment & Basics (Classroom) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00
Home Orchard Pest Management (Hands-on workshop) 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, 2019 led by Dr. Jaime Piñero & Ms. Liz Garofalo
Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston, MA 01331
Morning: Horticultural topics covered will be the basics of planting fruit trees, including site selection, choice of variety and rootstock, planting best practices, tree training and pruning, fertilization and ongoing fruit tree care. (In-depth pest management will be covered in the afternoon session.) If weather permits, there will be a hands-on demonstration of planting fruit trees at Red Apple Farm.
Afternoon: One of the most challenging thing about growing your own fruit is knowing how to identify the insect pests and diseases that might afflict them. Learn the basics of pest and disease identification and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the home orchard. Hands-on, scouting, monitoring, placement of traps, etc., will be covered.
The workshops will be partially out of doors, so please dress appropriately for potentially wet, cold, and muddy conditions. If attending both workshops, please bring a bag lunch.
Fee $50 per workshop or attend both for reduced price of $90. To register, go to: UMassGarden.com or mail a check payable to: Mass Aggie Seminars. Attn: Doreen York, UMass, 101 French Hall, Amherst, MA 1003-9294