Workshops & Events

Saturday April 9, 2016

Todd Parlo, of Walden Heights Nursery and Orchard, offers two workshops this weekend to teach about pruning and grafting – just in time to care for your own fruit trees. The classes are comprehensive, but also understandable for the novice.  You can take both, or just one session.

Fruit Tree Pruning     10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Winter fruit tree pruning can improve overall health and appearance and can increase fruit production. This class discusses pruning tools, basic biology behind pruning fruit trees, basic cuts and how to stimulate fruit production.  (Class fee $30)

Grafting Fundamentals     2 – 5 p.m.

This workshop will give participants a basic understanding of how to graft a tree (primarily apple trees). Attendees will learn and practice several different grafting techniques as well as how to collect proper scions (cuttings). Scionwood from a number of different apple varieties will be available; however, anyone is welcome to bring his or her own scions to the workshop where they will get the opportunity to graft their own trees. Additional plant 
materials will be available to purchase for grafting more trees at home.  (Class fee $40. which includes each student having at least one tree to take home)

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.  Call 802-563-3012 or email using the contact box if interested.


Additional  Info:

We will meet at the Walden Fire Station, corner of rt 15 and 215 in Walden, side entrance. Later we will walk to the orchard for some demonstrations.

Dress for the weather.

A great deal of information will be given, so a notebook would be a good idea.

There will be some grafting supplies and tools for sale at the class, but students should bring:

  • hand pruning shears (sacateurs)
  • carpenters knife/sheetrock knife/box cutter (NOT the one with breakaway blades)
  • plastic grocery bag to take your tree home
  • scissors

All other materials will be provided.

If you are staying for both classes, there is space to eat a bag lunch here. Hardwick and Cabot are close enough to run for takeout also. We will be inside and outside. As of today, snowshoes will not be necessary!

You can also arrange for a small group or one on one session.


And coming this spring….

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.           (Class fee $40)                

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. (Class fee $40)  


For more info contact:    (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.

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