Ap­ple Graft­ing and Prun­ing class

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Doyou have a new seedling ap­ple tree to plant or a whole or­chard of es­tab­lished trees to care for this spring? Michael Phillips, an ex­pe­ri­enced or­chardist and au­thor, will re­turn to the Old Stone House Mu­seum again this spring on Satur­day, April 16th, to teach you the best meth­ods to care for your trees and all the rea­sons why. Michael, an out­stand­ing teacher, is also a highly skilled fruit farmer, whose book The Ap­ple Grower, a Guide for the Or­ganic Or­chardist, has be­come a bi­ble for or­ganic or­chard prac­tice. You can read more about Mr. Phillips, his or­chard and his work on his Lost Nation Or­chard web­site.

Michael will be bring­ing hardy root­stock and scion wood from old va­ri­ety ap­ples in his Lost Nation Or­chard to class. Stu­dents are also en­cour­aged to cut and bring dor­mant scion wood from their own trees as well. The Mu­seum has be­gun mak­ing a map to lo­cate the “an­tique ap­ple trees” of Or­leans County and wel­comes in­for­ma­tion about your fa­vorite old trees at any time. The in­struc­tor will demon­strate sev­eral graft­ing tech­niques and ex­plain why graft­ing is nec­es­sary so that stu­dents can pro­duce 2-3 grafted trees to bring home to plant in their own or­chards.

Af­ter lunch the class moves out­doors, rain or shine, to prac­tice prun­ing tech­niques on ap­ple trees on Old Stone House grounds. The class may also check the progress of some bud grafts done in pre­vi­ous years. Prun­ing tools will be demon­strated and stu­dents can try them out. Sources for good tools and other ma­te­ri­als will be pro­vided and par­tic­i­pants can share their own ex­pe­ri­ences and re­sources with the group.

We sug­gest stu­dents bring their own pocket pruners and a graft­ing or util­ity knife, a hearty lunch and dress for the weather. This is a very spe­cial learn­ing op­por­tu­nity which the Old Stone House Mu­seum is pleased to be able to of­fer. Lim­ited to 15 par­tic­i­pants, the hours are 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. There is a cost per par­tic­i­pant. Please call 754-2022 to reg­is­ter. Pre Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired by Fri­day April 14.

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