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Mass Aggie Seminars 2018

Register and pay via credit card for any of the Mass Aggie seminars by clicking here. You will be taken to a secure RegOnline site where you will be able to choose which seminars you wish to attend and to pay. You will receive an e-mail receipt of your transaction.

If you do not wish to register and pay online, you may print a registration form to mail. Click here, and you will open a pdf version of the registration form. You can print this form, select the seminars that you wish to attend, and mail it with a check for the appropriate amount.

 

Date Program
(click title or scroll down for seminar description)
Location
(click town for directions)
Time Fee
February 24, 2018 Pruning Grapes - a Hands-on Workshop Belchertown 10am - 12pm $35
March 3, 2018 Edible Landscaping with Fruit Amherst 10am - 12pm $35
March 24, 2018 Home Orchard Pruning - a Hands-on Workshop Great Barrington 10am - 1pm $50
March 31, 2018 Pruning Blueberries - a Hands-on Workshop Bolton 10am - 12pm $35
April 7, 2018 Home Orchard Establishment & Basics - a Hands-on Workshop Great Barrington 10am - 12pm $50
April 7, 2018 Home Orchard Pest Management - a Hands-on Workshop Great Barrington 1pm - 3pm $50
April 7, 2018 Home Orchard am/pm sequence discount Great Barrington 10am-3pm $90
April 14, 2018  Native Pollinator Biology and Conservation Amherst 10am - 1pm $35

* this workshop is longer and involves additional plant material and supply costs

 

Register and pay via credit card for any of the Mass Aggie seminars by clicking here. You will be taken to a secure RegOnline site where you will be able to choose which seminars you wish to attend and to pay. You will receive an e-mail receipt of your transaction.

If you do not wish to register and pay online, you may print a registration form to mail. Click here, and you will open a pdf version of the registration form. You can print this form, select the seminars that you wish to attend, and mail it with a check for the appropriate amount.

 

Date Program/Time/Location Description
February 24, 2018 Pruning Grapes - a Hands-on Workshop *
Ms. Sonia Schloemann
10:00am to 12:00pm
UMass Cold Spring Orchard
391 Sabin St., Belchertown, MA

Grapes are one of the most universally enjoyed fruits available. Many of the new varieties have excellent taste, are winter hardy, and can make excellent wine. Grapes are fun to grow but present some challenges. One of the biggest challenges is knowing how to correctly prune them.  Participants will have the opportunity to conduct actual pruning and gain both experience and confidence in pruning and training grapes in order to produce a bountiful crop. We’ll learn about tool maintenance and sharpening, too.  Bring your own tools or use ours.*

March 3, 2018

Edible Landscaping with Fruit
Ms. Sonia Schloemann
10:00am to 12:00pm
French Hall/UMass-Amherst
230 Stockbridge Rd., Amherst, MA

This presentation will explore how fruit can be incorporated into an edible landscape setting.  We’ll talk about common fruit like strawberries and blueberries and also more unusual fruit like Aronia and Lingonberries.  Participants will learn what these plants can contribute to a home landscape and what it takes to grow them successfully.  The end of the class we will tour the UMass Permaculture Garden.

 

March 24, 2018

Home Orchard Pruning - a Hands-on Workshop*
Mr. Jon Clements & Ms. Liz Garofalo
10:00am to 1:00pm
Windy Hill Farm

686 Stockbridge Rd., Gt. Barrington, MA

The joy of growing fruit in the home garden is enjoying a renaissance.   One of the key steps in successful fruit growing is the act of pruning the trees.  This can seem daunting and complicated, but it’s not!  Not once you understand the principles involved.  Come learn how to properly prune your fruit trees (apples, pears, peaches, etc.).  Participants will have the opportunity to conduct actual pruning and gain both experience and confidence in pruning fruit trees in order to produce a bountiful crop.*
March 31, 2018

Pruning Blueberries - a Hands-on Workshop*
Ms. Sonia Schloemann
10:00am to 12:00pm
Nicewicz Family Farm
116 Saywer Rd., Bolton, MA

Blueberries are among the most popular fruits to grow in the home garden.  They are healthful and well suited to grow in our New England conditions  Come learn the basics for pruning blueberries for your home landscape.  Participants will get some hands-on pruning lessons. We’ll learn about tool maintenance and sharpening, too.  Bring your own tools or use ours.*

April 7, 2018 Home Orchard Establishment & Basics - a Hands-on Workshop *
Dr. Dan Cooley & Mr. Jon Clements
10:00am - 12:00pm
Windy Hill Farm

686 Stockbridge Rd., Gt. Barrington, MA

Horticultural topics covered will be the basics of planting fruit trees, including site selection, choice of variety and rootstock, planting best practices, tree training and pruning, fertilization and ongoing fruit tree care. (In-depth pest management will be covered in the afternoon session.) If weather permits, there will be a hands-on demonstration of planting fruit trees at Windy Hill Farm Orchards.
April 7, 2018 Home Orchard Pest Management - a Hands-on Workshop*
Dr. Dan Cooley & Mr. Jon Clements

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Windy Hill Farm

686 Stockbridge Rd., Gt. Barrington, MA

One of the most challenging thing about growing your own fruit is knowing how to identify the insect pests and diseases that might afflict them.  Learn the basics of pest and disease identification and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the home orchard. Hands-on, scouting, monitoring, placement of traps, etc. will be covered.*

This workshop can be combined with the Home Orchard Establishment workshop held in the morning for a reduced price.

April 14, 2018

Native Pollinator Biology and Conservation
Ms. Sonia Schloemann
10am to 12pm
French Hall/UMass-Amherst
230 Stockbridge Rd., Amherst, MA

Pollinators have received a lot of attention in recent years, mostly because of the decline in honey bee populations due to colony collapse disorder. Native pollinators are important cousins of honey bees and are in need of help, too. Come learn about the many types of pollinators present in our region and how to protect and encourage them in your landscape.  The end of the class we will tour the UMass Permaculture Garden.

* These workshops will be partially out of doors, so please dress appropriately for potentially wet, cold, and muddy conditions.

 

2017 Locations

UMass Cold Spring Orchard
391 Sabin Street, Belchertown MA
(413) 323-6647
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Windy Hill Farm
686 Stockbridge Rd., Gt. Barrington, MA
(413) 298-3217
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Nicewicz Family Farm
116 Saywer Rd., Bolton, MA
(978) 779-6423
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French Hall, University of Massachusetts - Amherst (D3 on campus map)
230 Stockbridge Rd., Amherst MA
413-545-2254
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THANK YOU to our SPONSORS: Nourse Farms, and OESCO,Inc.

    2018 Mass Aggie Flyer