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March 2019

Right Plant, Right Place: Introduction to Choosing Native Plants

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

Join a workshop discussion of native plant selection, site assessment, and methods for choosing the right plant for the right place. Native plants offer a higher rate of success, as these plants are well-suited for the Northeastern climate, soil conditions, and environment. They require less maintenance and fertilizer, and permit more time to enjoy the garden. Native plants also support a healthy ecosystem, including pollinators and birds.

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Right Plant, Right Place: Introduction to Choosing Native Plants

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

Join a workshop discussion of native plant selection, site assessment, and methods for choosing the right plant for the right place. Native plants offer a higher rate of success, as these plants are well-suited for the Northeastern climate, soil conditions, and environment. They require less maintenance and fertilizer, and permit more time to enjoy the garden. Native plants also support a healthy ecosystem, including pollinators and birds. Program Code: PDW4001 Instructor: Alexis Doshas Fee: $26 (Member) / $32 (Nonmember) Limit:…

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Meadows 1-2-3

March 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

No one can grow an instant meadow, but this one-day seminar builds partipants’ understanding of what it takes to create and maintain a meadow. Appropriate for those interested in starting a meadow or in improving an existing one. Extensive resource material included. Bring a bag lunch. Program Code: HOR8001 Instructor: Kathy Connolly Fee: $80 (Member) / $96 (Nonmember) Limit: 20 Certificate: Elective: HD/Adv.HD CEU: MALP MCLP: 2; NOFA AOLCP: 6 Registration: online

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Home Orchard Management

March 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Route 102 and 183
Stockbridge, MA,
$110 – $125

This workshop covers complementary sprays backed by biodiversity and soil health to set the stage for successfully growing tree fruit here. Learn how fungal disease becomes manageable with wise variety choices and enhanced soil biology. Even major insect challenges can be resolved safely. Bring a bag lunch. Members: $110, Non-Members: $125 Berkshire Botanical Garden 5 West Stockbridge Road Stockbridge, MA 01262 For more information visit our website: http://www.berkshirebotanical.org/ Or Phone: 413-298-3926 Or Email: info@berkshirebotanical.org

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Plant Adaptations to Wildfire

March 31 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

Think a wildfire can’t burn in New England? Think again. This class covers fire history in New England and discusses native plant adaptions and responses to fire. After an indoor portion examining plant adaptions through case studies, we move outdoors to the Montague Plains Wildlife Management Area, where we investigate the signs of wildfire in the Pioneer Valley. The class also addresses fire as a process and ecosystem shaper. Program Code: BOT1103 Instructor: George LoCascio Fee: $66 (Member) / $80…

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Celebration of Local Farmers

March 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
DVAA, 105 Main St
Northfield, MA

Please join local artists, neighbors, and fellow farmers in celebration of all their hard work to produce fresh, quality food to sustain us.

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April 2019

Plant-Insect Co-evolution

April 3 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street
Whately, MA 01093

How do plants defend themselves from insects, and how effective are these defenses? Come learn about insect life cycles, orders, and distinguishing features that they have adapted through co-evolution with plants. This class includes discussion about the native plant-native pollinator relationship, as well as an outdoor study to examine signs of insects on the landscape. Program Code: BOT1508 Instructor: George LoCascio Fee: $33 (Member) / $40 (Nonmember) Limit: 16 Certificate: Elective: all certificates CEU: MALP MCLP: .5 MNLA MCH: .5…

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Mass Aggie: Home Orchard Management

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Avenue
Phillipston, MA United States

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…

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