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PASA Education Event- Fruit Tree Pruning Primer

March 4, 2017 Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Event

Event Overview
  North Star Orchard
  (meet at the Blue Star Barn)                            
  3232 Limestone Rd.
  Cochranville, PA 19330 
Date & Time
  Saturday, March 4
  $20 Members
  $25 Non-members
Event Description
Learn the hows and whys of pruning, and bring your questions to this informative event at North Star Orchard.

Caring for fruit trees means that you also have to prune them. But how do you know what to cut off? If you have a backyard orchard (or just a tree or two) and want to brush up on your pruning skills, come out to the farm to learn the basics from resident expert, Farmer Ike. Come with your questions!

Ike will be giving demonstrations on how (and why) to make those crucial cutting decisions on apple, pear, peach, and plum trees, as well as grapevines.

Attendees will receive a handout of resources including a list of tools and where to buy them as well as organizations and books you can turn to for further reference.

This Field Day is suitable for interested adults and teens (children will likely be bored). You need not be a fruit grower to enjoy this session, but if you are, it’ll be mighty helpful for your backyard fruit-growing efforts!

We’ll be indoors for a little bit, but mostly we’ll be outdoors and hiking all around the 20-acre farm. Plan to dress appropriately for the weather (layers, boots, etc.)
EVENT IS NOW FULL. WALK-IN REGISTRATION NOT AVAILABLE. To be placed on a waitlist, please contact Aaron de Long at or 215-804-4731.
Speaker & Host Information
Farmer Mike Ahlert, along with his wife, Charis Lindrooth, are the owners of Red Earth Farm. Red Earth Farm’s CSA program was ten years old in 2016 and consists over 600 members.

Farm Manager Kim Butz joined the Red Earth team in 2016, in part to help the farm navigate the regulatory aspects of their Harmonized GAP-certification. Kim has a background in agriculture, as well as the natural gas industry, which served as a good training ground in learning to work with government agencies and regulatory compliance.

Brenda Sheaffer is the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Fruit/Vegetable Commodity Program Supervisor. She has worked with Red Earth regarding their Harmonized GAP certification, and has performed many inspections and consultations with farms around GAP, in general.
Do you allow walk-ins?
We are not able to accept walk-ins for this. Call (215) 804-4731 to be placed on a waiting list.
Is there financial aid for this event?
Sorry, there is no scholarship for this specific event.
What should I prepare/bring with me to this event?
This event will be outside, so dress accordingly.
Bring a reusable water bottle to fill on site and stay hydrated.
Bring a note-taking device.
Remember your business cards- PASA events are an excellent networking opportunity.
Bring your questions! Make the most of this event by preparing several questions for the day.
Who do I contact if I have more questions about this event?
Please contact Aaron de Long at (215) 804-4731 or for more information about this event.
Registrant Information

Use the 5-digit Zip Code that you last gave PASA
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