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January 2021

Growing & Pruning Grapes – a Virtual Workshop

January 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$30

Mass Aggie Seminars 2021 Grapes are one of the most universally enjoyed fruits available. Many of the new varieties have excellent taste, are winter hardy, and can make excellent wine. Grapes are fun to grow but present some challenges. One of the biggest challenges is knowing how to correctly prune them. Join Dr. Petit to learn all about this marvelous fruit! Register online for any of the Mass Aggie seminars by clicking here.  Some workshops have limited space so registering…

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The Five Risky Decisions That Defined Our Lives

January 30 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Five Risky Decisions That Defined Our Lives 43 years ago Jack Kittredge and Julie Rawson were a young couple working and starting a family in Dorchester, MA. During the next few years we made five risky decisions that changed our life paths and created Many Hands Organic Farm in Barre. In the past year (2020) many volunteers have come from the city to work on our farm and expressed an interest in doing something similar. We thought it might…

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February 2021

Pruning the Home Orchard – a Virtual Workshop

February 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$30

Mass Aggie Seminars 2021 The joy of growing fruit in the home garden is enjoying a renaissance.   One of the key steps in successful fruit growing is the act of pruning the trees.  This can seem daunting and complicated, but it’s not!  Not once you understand the principles involved. Join in and learn how to properly prune your fruit trees (apples, pears, peaches, etc.). This workshop can be combined with the Four-Part Home Orchard Series  for a reduced price. Register online for…

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Home Orchard Establishment – a Virtual Workshop

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$30

Mass Aggie Seminars 2021 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. This workshop can be combined with the Four-Part Home Orchard Series  for a reduced price. Register online for any of the Mass Aggie seminars by clicking here.  Some workshops have limited space so registering online is more likely to ensure enrollment. If you do…

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(micro)Organisms in the Orchard- a Virtual Workshop

February 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$30

Mass Aggie Seminars 2021 Sometimes the smallest creatures can cause the greatest impact. Join in and learn about disease management for tree fruit. This workshop can be combined with the Four-Part Home Orchard Series  for a reduced price. Register online for any of the Mass Aggie seminars by clicking here.  Some workshops have limited space so registering online is more likely to ensure enrollment. If you do not wish to register online, you may print a registration form to mail.…

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March 2021

Insects: Pests and Pollinators a Virtual Workshop

March 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$30

Mass Aggie Seminars 2021 Join Dr. Jaime Piñero to learn the basics of pest identification and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the home orchard. This workshop can be combined with the Four-Part Home Orchard Series  for a reduced price. Register online for any of the Mass Aggie seminars by clicking here.  Some workshops have limited space so registering online is more likely to ensure enrollment. If you do not wish to register online, you may print a registration form to…

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Backyard Brambles a Virtual Workshop

March 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$30

Mass Aggie Seminars 2021 'How-To' and Virtual Clinic: this seminar will cover Planting, Early Care, Pruning, Varieties and Diagnostics of brambles. Register online for any of the Mass Aggie seminars by clicking here.  Some workshops have limited space so registering online is more likely to ensure enrollment. If you do not wish to register online, you may print a registration form to mail. Click mass_aggie_mail_in.pdf, and you will open a pdf version of the registration form. You can print this form,…

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Fruit Tree Grafting – a Virtual Workshop*

March 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$50

Mass Aggie Seminars 2021 Many people do not realize that all apple varieties are reproduced by grafting - they are not grown from seed. For horticultural enthusiasts, one of the most satisfying techniques to master is grafting. Wes Autio will present a workshop on “bench grafting” and “cleft grafting” of apple trees. Other grafting techniques will be discussed.  Proper tools and sharpening will not be included. All workshop participants will graft several apple trees to take home!* Register online for…

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