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Mass Aggie Seminars 2019

Register online for any of the Mass Aggie seminars by clicking here. We are unable to accept credit card payment this year due to a change in the UMass system, so we are asking folks to register online and pay by check or cash at the event.  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 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 23, 2019 Home Orchard Pruning - a Hands-on Workshop Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton, MA 10am - 12pm $45
March 2, 2019 Pruning Grapes - a Hands-on Workshop UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown, MA 10am - 12pm $45
CANCELLED *For the Love of Cider! - a Classroom Workshop
CANCELLED
CANCELLED    
March 16, 2019 *Grafting Fruit Trees - a Hands-on Workshop UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown, MA 10am - 2pm $100
March 30, 2019 Pruning Blueberries - a Hands-on Workshop Tougas Family Farm, Northboro, MA 10am - 12pm $45
April 6, 2019 Home Orchard Establishment & Basics - a Classroom Workshop Red Apple Farm, Phillipston, MA 10am - 12pm $50
April 6, 2019 Home Orchard Pest Management - a Hands-on Workshop Red Apple Farm, Phillipston, MA 1pm - 3pm $50
April 6, 2019 Home Orchard am/pm sequence discount Red Apple Farm, Phillipston, MA 10am-3pm $90

* this workshop is longer and/or involves additional plant material and supply costs
** the location for this workshop is not finalized but, since space is limited, you can sign up and you'll receive the location information soon.

 

Register online for any of the Mass Aggie seminars by clicking here. We are unable to accept credit card payment this year due to a change in the UMass system, so we are asking folks to register online and pay by check or cash at the event.  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 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 23, 2019 Pruning the Home Orchard - a Hands-on Workshop *
Mr. Jon Clements and Ms. Liz Garofalo
10:00am to 12:00pm
Park Hill Orchard
 

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 2, 2019

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 9, 2019

For the Love of Cider! - a Classroom Workshop
Ms. Liz Garofalo
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Community Harvest Project Barn

CANCELLED
March 16, 2019

Fruit Tree Grafting - a Hands-on Workshop*

Dr. Wes Autio

10:00am to 2:00pm

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!*

March 30, 2019 Pruning Blueberries - a Hands-on Workshop*
Ms. Sonia Schloemann
10:00am to 12:00pm
Tougas Family 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.*
April 6, 2019

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

10:00am - 12:00pm
Red Apple Farm

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.

April 6, 2019 Home Orchard Pest Management - a Hands-on Workshop*
Dr. Jaime Piñero & Ms. Liz Garofalo

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Red Apple Farm

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.

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

 

2019 Locations

Park Hill Orchard

82 Park Hill Rd, Easthampton, MA 01027

(413) 303-0335

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UMass Cold Spring Orchard
391 Sabin Street, Belchertown MA
(413) 323-6647
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Community Harvest Project Barn

37 Wheeler Rd., N. Grafton MA 01536

(508) 839-7402

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Tougas Family Farm
234 Ball St, Northborough, MA 01532
(508) 393-6470
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Red Apple Farm
455 Highland Ave, Phillipston, MA 01331

(978) 249-6763
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