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Mass Aggie Seminars 2020

Register online for any of the Mass Aggie seminars by clicking here.  Some workshops have limited space so registering online is more likely to ensure enrollment.

If you do not wish to register online, you may print a registration form to mail. Click 2020 Mass Aggie Workshop Series, 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.

Please do not bring children or pets (except certified service animals) to any of these workshops.  We are not equipped to ensure their comfort or safety.

Date Program
(click title or scroll down for seminar description)
Location
(click town for directions)
Time Fee
March 7, 2020 Home Orchard Pruning - a Hands-on Workshop Carlson Orchards, Harvard MA 10am - 12pm $ 50
March 14, 2020 Pruning Blueberries - a Hands-on Workshop Sholan Farm, Leominster MA 10am - 12pm $ 50
March 21, 2020 Pruning Grapes - a Hands-on Workshop UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown MA 10am - 12pm $ 50
March 28, 2020 Home Orchard Establishment & Basics - a Classroom Workshop Carlson Orchards, Harvard MA 10am - 12pm $ 50
March 28, 2020 Home Orchard Pest Management - a Hands-on Workshop Carlson Orchards, Harvard MA 1pm - 3:30pm $ 50
March 28, 2020 Home Orchard AM&PM SERIES - Classroom and Hands-on Carlson Orchards, Harvard MA 10am - 3:30pm $ 90
April 4, 2020 **Introductory Hard Cider Appreciation - a Classroom Worshop Red Apple Farm, Phillipston MA 12pm - 2pm $ 65
April 11, 2020 *Grafting Apple Trees - a Hands-on Workshop UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown, MA 9:30am - 3pm $100
April 18, 2020 Native Pollinator Conservation & Biology - a Classroom Workshop French Hall, UMass Campus, Amherst, MA 10am-12pm $ 30

* this workshop is longer and involves additional plant material and supply costs
** this workshop includes additional costs for tasting ciders.  Attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

Register online for any of the Mass Aggie seminars by clicking here.   Some workshops have limited space so registering online is more likely to ensure enrollment.

If you do not wish to register online, you may print a registration form to mail. Click 2020 Mass Aggie Workshop Series, 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.

Please do not bring children or pets (except certified service animals) to any of these workshops.  We are not equipped to ensure their comfort or safety.

Date Program/Time/Location Description
March 7, 2020 Pruning the Home Orchard - a Hands-on Workshop *
Mr. Jon Clements and Ms. Liz Garofalo
10:00am to 12:00pm
Carlson Orchards
 

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.  Bring your own tools or use ours.*

March 14, 2020 Pruning Blueberries - a Hands-on Workshop*
Ms. Sonia Schloemann
10:00am to 12:00pm
Sholan Farm
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.*
March 21, 2020

Growing & Pruning Grapes - a Hands-on Workshop*
Ms. Sonia Schloemann
10:00am to 12:00pm
UMass Cold Spring Orchard

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 28, 2020 Home Orchard Establishment & Basics - a Classroom Workshop*
Mr. Jon Clements & Ms. Liz Garofalo

10:00am - 12:00pm
Carlson Orchards

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 Red Apple Farm.

 

This workshop can be combined with the Home Orchard Pest Management workshop held in the afternoon for a reduced price.

If you sign up for both workshops, plan to bring a lunch with you for the break.

March 28, 2020

Home Orchard Pest Management - a Hands-on Workshop*
Dr. Jaime Piñero & Ms. Liz Garofalo

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Carlson Orchards

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. 

If you sign up for both workshops, plan to bring a lunch with you for the break.

April 4, 2020 **Introductory Hard Cider Appreciation - a Classroom Workshop
Ms. Liz Garofalo
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Red Apple Farm
Cider is one of the fastest growing craft adult beverage markets in the country! There are many different styles of cider from the stuff your grandparents made in the basement to top shelf ciders that compare to fine Champagnes. Come and learn a brief history of cider and dive in to understanding (and taste) why cider really is the best thing you can do with apples.  (Must be over 21 to participate in the tasting). Space is limited so sign up early for this one!
April 11, 2020

Fruit Tree Grafting - a Hands-on Workshop*

Dr. Wes Autio

9:30am to 3:00pm

UMass Cold Spring Orchard

Many people do not realize that all apple varieties are reproduced by grafting - they are not grown from seed.  For horticultural enthusiasts, one of the most satisfying techniques to master is grafting. Wes Autio will present a hands-on workshop on “bench grafting” and “cleft grafting” of apple trees.  Other grafting techniques will be discussed.  Proper tools and sharpening will be included.  All workshop participants will graft several apple trees to take home!*
April 18, 2020

Native Pollinator Biology & Conservation - a Classroom Workshop

Ms. Sonia Schloemann
10:00am to 12:00pm

French Hall, UMass Campus

Native pollinators are an essential resource in our wild and managed landscapes.  Come to this workshop if you're interested in learning more about their biology and conservation.  We'll mainly be talking about different species of bees but other types of pollinators will also be mentioned (flies, birds, bats, etc.).  We'll learn about the different families of pollinating bees ranging from the tiny beautiful sweat bees to the big and endearing bumble bees.  We'll learn about what they need for nesting and foraging habitats and how to create these spaces in our landscapes. A brief tour of the UMass Permaculture Garden will be included.

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

Please do not bring children or pets (except certified service animals) to any of these workshops.  We are not equipped to ensure their comfort or safety.

2019 Locations

Carlson Orchards

115 Oak Hill Rd., Harvard MA 01451

(978) 456-3916

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Sholan Farms
1124 Pleasant St, Leominster MA 01453
(978) 840-3276
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UMass Cold Spring Orchard

391 Sabin St, Belchertown MA 01007

(413) 323-6647

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Red Apple Farm
455 Highland Ave, Phillipston, MA 01331

(978) 249-6763
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French Hall/UMass Campus

230 Stockbridge Rd. (Park in Lot 62 behind building)

UMass Campus, Amherst, MA 01003

(413) 545-2254

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2020 Mass Aggie Workshop Series