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Western Region Master Class - Winter in the Organic Orchard

Second in a seasonal sequence of workshops about organic orcharding. Primarily, we'll be dealing with apples, though many principles might well apply to other tree fruit. If it's your first time at the Kretschmanns, we'll spend a little time familiarizing with the history of the orchard itself. You'll see three blocks of apple trees (one of which is trellised) planted at about 10 year intervals. We'll focus on what concerns the grower at this time of the season, what he/she is looking for and looking at. In this season, any orchardist is out in the trees pruning whenever the weather allows. This will be the primary concern of the workshop. Pruning is sometimes the hardest task to learn from a book since each and every tree is different. We'll start off with the simplest instructions for total beginners and work our way into mature trees and that universe of considerations. Lest you think we've got it all together, come and learn from our mistakes. Next meeting will be in the spring..
When Jan 12, 2013
from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where Rochester, PA / Beaver County
Contact Name
Contact Phone Cell: 412-977-6514

Kretschmann Organic Farm
257 Zeigler Rd
Rochester, PA 15074
Beaver County

Cost: $10 PASA Members, $15 Non-members

The second in a seasonal sequence of Master Classes on organic orcharding.  Primarily, discussion and demonstrations will focus on apple trees, though many principles might well apply to other tree fruit.  If it's your first time at Kretschmann Organic Farm, we'll spend a little time familiarizing with the history of the orchard itself.  You'll see three blocks of apple trees (one of which is trellised) planted at about 10 year intervals.  We'll focus on what concerns the grower during the winter season, with an emphasis on the essential winter task of pruning.  Pruning is sometimes the hardest task to learn from a book since each and every tree is different.  We'll start off with the simplest instructions for total beginners and work our way into mature trees and that universe of considerations.  Lest you think we've got it all together, come and learn from our mistakes!

Please come dressed to be outside and in the orchard.
Next meeting will be scheduled in the spring.

Pre-registration is required for this program.  Please register here.
Due to the unpredictability of January weather, please register in advance, so that we can be in touch should the event be canceled due to winter weather conditions.

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