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Organic Apple Tree Management Workshop

Virtual workshop, Saturday March 6, 2020, 9 am – Noon, $30, supplies will be sent via mail with a valid mailing address provided at registration.

REGISTER HERE (http://bit.ly/3sTR3ev) on Eventbrite. REGISTER BY February 10 to ensure enough time for shipping and receiving rootstock prior to the workshop. We cannot guarantee rootstock will arrive in time if you register AFTER February 10.

This workshop will focus on organic apple tree management in the Upper Midwest. Applications will mostly be geared towards backyard growers, but some commercial management considerations will be touched on.

Topics will include tree planting and spacing, fertilizing, pest and disease management, pruning, and grafting. Participants will receive rootstock and other needed materials in the mail prior to the event.

Workshop Agenda
9:00-9:20 Agenda review; planning for and establishing apple trees
9:20-9:30 am Site preparation and building soil health
9:30 – 10:00 am Insect pest and Disease Management
10:00-10:15 am Break
10:15-10:45 am Insect pest and disease management continued
10:45-11:15 am Q&A (Break if needed)
11:15-11:30 am Pruning
11:30-11:45 am Grafting
11:45-noon Final Q&A

Instructor Deirdre Birmingham of The Cider Farm near Mineral Point, WI, helped establish the Upper Midwest Organic Fruit Growing Network while starting a tree nursery, preparing her orchard site and learning all she could about apple growing.  To get the English and French apple varieties she and her husband felt important to the quality of ciders they envisioned, she took an apple grafting class in 2003.   She now manages over 16,000 apple trees and a 1500-count tree nursery.  She is involved in the marketing and sales of their ciders and apple brandy throughout Wisconsin and Chicago, as well as assisting in their Cidery and Tasting Room in Madison, Wisconsin.  She gives monthly tours of the orchard starting with spring apple blossom.

Workshop will be held virtually and will cost $30/participant, supplies included.

The Apple Workshop zoom link will be emailed to participants prior to the event.

MFAI will mail a little scion wood along with rootstock for each participant, but if you love a particular apple variety and have access to that tree, plan to snip off a few inches of a couple of last year’s new growth (scion wood) to use for grafting.

**Registrants MUST provide a good Mailing/Shipping Address at registration in order to receive the rootstock and other materials (included in the registration price) in the mail PRIOR TO the workshop.** Sorry, but we are only able to ship rootstock and grafting materials within the continental U.S.

For questions, please contact Nicole Tautges, ntautges@michaelfields.org, or 262-642-3303, ext. 127.