Workshops & Events
2017 Classes :
The following two day workshops will be held at Vermont Technical College this coming April. Contact VTC to sign up :
BERRY GROWING IN COLD CLIMATES
April 11th and 12th, 2017, 9AM-4PM
Vermont Technical College
Field Trips will be Taken as well.
This course will look at growing small fruits in cold regions and how to be successful, from the homestead level to a full-fledged commercial operation. The course emphasizes sustainable and systems wide approaches.
Species will include blueberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberry, brambles, grapes, and a host of others like aronia, elderberry and more.
We will discuss: plant physiology, planting, spacing, soil conditioning, pruning and general culture, pest and disease management, various approaches, from conventional to organic and everything in between, no nonsense assessment of the merits of each species, logical marketing, ealistic expectations from yields to time management
TREE FRUIT GROWING IN COLD CLIMATES
April 4th and 5th, 2017, 9AM-4PM
Vermont Tech – Randolph Center, VT
Sustainable Tree Fruit Growing in Cold Climates
This class will include everything imaginable as it comes to cold hardy tree fruit. This is primarily aimed at apple growing, but will include plenty of information on plum, pear and sour cherry.
We will discuss : The best cultivar choices, including our favorites from the farm’s hundreds of varieties, Layout, planting, spacing and other beginning considerations, Understanding the soil system in an orchard, from roots to fungi, Managing pests, disease and other critters, Pruning, thinning and related phenomena, The end game : yields, harvesting and storage, processing and marketing.
Emphasis will be on sustainable practices and include organic, ipm and other systems. The workshop will be useful for both beginning and advanced growers.
Walden Heights Grafting and Pruning Classes in Walden 2017
Grafting – Covering just about everything in the grafting realm. $50.00 gets you a good 3 hours or more of instruction and help, part lecture, part hands on. You will receive material to make a couple of apple trees to take home as well. You can also pick up any purchase rootstock or scionwood from hundreds of varieties grown here at the farm.
Pruning – A real in depth look at tree physiology and pruning concepts. Sciency enough for veterans, but understandable for the newbies. Expect a few hours of lecture, then some stomping arounfdthe orchard to see cutting in action. Dress accordingly. Tools and books will be on hand for purchase. 35.00 for the full morning session (usually a good 3 hours or more).
We are still considering dates for these. They will be held on the same day, pruning am, grafting aftenoon. Likely to be late March. Please email if interested :
And coming next spring at the farm….
Growing Organic Tree Fruit – Half Day Workshop and Tour : spring 2016
This is a half day class at the farm and allows for some orchard touring as well as several hours of education. It encompasses tree fruit growing. This is a certified organic farm and protocol is angled for such practices and includes discussion of other plant and animal species in the orchard. The class includes planting, pest and disease control, costs and related management issues.
Growing Fruit in the Northeast Kingdom – coming this spring 2016
This workshop is less intensive but covers a wider range of crops than the fruit tree workshop, including growing fruit trees, and fruit bearing bushes and plants. Aspects such as pruning, planting, care and plant physiology will be covered. The species discussed will be those we grow here at Walden Heights including blueberries, apples, pears, raspberries, currants, gooseberries, cherries, grapes, and more. Expect a bit of lecture, and then some time for Q & A. We will also have a sign-up for our new Fruit Growers Group for those interested.
For more info contact:
-Waldenheightsnursery.com (questions through the contact box top right of page) – for questions about class
Additional classes in organic fruit growing, pruning, and grafting will be held in the area if there is enough interest. Please contact us through the “contact” link if you are interested. They may be held here at the farm in Walden or at another nearby location.
You or your organization can also hire us to put on a workshop for your edification, or as a fundraiser. Email.