Workshops & Events 2020
BASKETMAKING WORKSHOP – Make a traditional black birch basket in this 2 day workshop. Includes instruction and all materials. Taught by author and homesteader Penny Hewitt. Held here at Walden Heights. For details- call Penny at 802-533- 2085. Jan 25 and 26 (sat and sun)
Fruit Tree Pruning : This is a scientific approach, but certainly open to all levels. Expect an indoor lecture, some pictures, discussion and Q&A followed by practical experience in the orchard. Everything from tree physiology to tool choice will be covered. We will also go over bush fruits and vines as determined by interest. The workshop normally goes a good 3 hours, usually longer. Refreshments for this morning session are included. March 28 (9:00 – 12:30) 40.00 sign up and questions :
also direct email : [email protected]
Fruit Tree Grafting : Learn how to graft fruit trees using a variety of methods. We will review bench grafting, topworking, budding, and cover a range of species. Participants will be provided with all plant material to make 2 new apple trees from a wide selection of varieties. We begin with a lecture and discussion on the science of grafting, followed by technique instruction. Later, there is practice and then down to the actual surgery, with help from the teacher. Expect 3 hours, often longer. The farmstand always has tools, books and other materials if you need them. You will be emailed a list of things to bring and directions to the farm.
March 28 (1:30- 5) 55.00 includes materials & snacks. Sign up via email above
* note that you may attend the full day of sessions (pruning and grafting) for 80.00 (this is a 15.00 discount).
Organic Fruit Growing : June 13, 2020 (10-4) This covers just about all the species we grow here in Walden, from apples to aronia. The emphasis will be on organic and sustainable methods, but will help growers of any practice. We will start with an overview and lecture, and then proceed to an understanding of each species. This will include target crops, support plants like nitrogen fixers and animal habitat, and a discussion about the wider ecosystem. All levels of experience are welcome. Snacks and drinks provided, but some may want to bring a bag lunch. 75.00 email interest to [email protected] or http://waldenheightsnursery.com/contact-us/
Fruit Tree Growing : May 30, 2020 The main emphasis here is on apples, but will cover pear, cherry and plum as well. This will cover it all, including but not limited to : planting, pruning, fertilizing, pest and disease management, harvesting, storage, propagation, cultivar selection, history, orchard layout, organic and sustainable practices, processing, cider (sweet and bubbly), materials, techniques, tools, and how not to go nuts doing this all. Some lecture, some discussion, and some orchard touring. Arrive at 10am and expect to spend the day. 100.00 includes morning and afternoon snacks (yes this means tea and coffee too). Bring a bag lunch. email interest to [email protected] or http://waldenheightsnursery.com/contact-us/
Cidermaking : October 2020 (date tba) Learn everything you need to know to make your own bubbly. For both novices and those with experience. There will be lectures from us, as well as experienced cidermakers, with plenty of time for questions. Covered but limited to : be history, cultivar selection, brewing techniques, orchard basics, pressing options, ice cider, vessel choices, and some meandering in chemistry. Open to tangents like vinegar making and other treats. Apple and juice tasting from our orchard of hundreds of varieties. This will be a full day affair. Kits, books, and all such supplies (including pressed cider and fresh apples) will be available. (Late Summer/Fall exact date and price to be arranged) please email interest to http://waldenheightsnursery.com/contact-us/
** Distance travelers- Please contact us if you need accomodations
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.