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Mass Aggie Seminars 2021

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, each individual workshop paid for by check will receive a $5 discount.

If you do not wish to register online, you may print a registration form to mail. Click mass_aggie_mail_in.pdf for the 2021 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 written out to UMass for the appropriate amount. 

Sign up for all four Home Orchard Series work shops and receive a bundled package discount. Mail-in discount is not in addition to bundle package discount rate.

 

Date Program
(click title or scroll down for seminar description)
Location
(click link to register)
Time Fee
January 23, 2021 All the Best About Blueberries - a Virtual Workshop   10:30am - 12pm $ 30
January 30, 2021 Growing Grapes in New England - a Virtual Workshop   10:30am - 12pm $ 30
February 13, 2021 Home Orchard Pruning - a Virtual Workshop   10:30am - 12pm $ 30
February 20, 2021 Home Orchard Establishment - a Virtual Workshop   10:30am - 12pm $ 30
February 27, 2021 (micro) Organisms in the Orchard - a Virtual Workshop   10:30am - 12pm $ 30
March 6, 2021 Insects: Pests and Pollinators - a Virtual Workshop   10:30am - 12pm $ 30
February 13 - March 6 Four-Part Home Orchard Series - a Virtual Workshop Series for Home Orcharding   10:30am - 12pm  $ 100
March 13, 2021 Backyard Brambles - a Virtual Workshop   10:30am - 12pm $ 30
March 20, 2021 *Grafting Apple Trees - a Virtual Workshop   10:30am - 12pm $ 50

* this workshop may run longer and involves additional plant material and supply costs
 

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 mass_aggie_mail_in.pdf, 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
January 23, 2021

All the Best About Blueberries - a Virtual Workshop 10:30am to 12:00pm

Ms. Sonia Schloemann 

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.  

January 30, 2021 Growing & Pruning Grapes - a Virtual Workshop 10:30am to 12:00pm
Dr. Elsa Petit
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. Join Dr. Petit to learn all about this marvelous fruit! 
February 13, 2021

Pruning the Home Orchard - a Virtual Workshop 10:30am to 12:00pm
Mr. Jon Clements 

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. Join in and learn how to properly prune your fruit trees (apples, pears, peaches, etc.). 

This workshop can be combined with the Four-Part Home Orchard Series  for a reduced price.

February 20, 2021

Home Orchard Establishment - a Virtual Workshop 10:30am to 12:00pm
Mr. Jon Clements 

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. 

 

This workshop can be combined with the Four-Part Home Orchard Series  for a reduced price.

February 27, 2021

(micro)Organisms in the Orchard- a Virtual Workshop 10:30am-12:00pm

Ms. Elizabeth Garofalo

Sometimes the smallest creatures can cause the greatest impact. Join in and learn about disease management for tree fruit.

This workshop can be combined with the Four-Part Home Orchard Series  for a reduced price.
March 6, 2021

Insects: Pests and Pollinators

a Virtual Workshop 10:30am-12:00pm
Dr. Jaime Piñero

Join Dr. Jaime Piñero to learn the basics of pest identification and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the home orchard.

This workshop can be combined with the Four-Part Home Orchard Series  for a reduced price.
March 20, 2021

Fruit Tree Grafting - a Virtual Workshop*

Dr. Wes Autio

9:30am to 3:00pm

 

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 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!*
 

 

 

* This year plant materials will be delivered to participants so they can remotely participate in this hands on workshop. Participants will need to provide thier own tools. For improved success, be sure all blades are sharpened prior to use.