UMass Extension Fruit Advisor Program

Mass Aggie Seminars - 2013

Date Program
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Location
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Time Fee
March 9 Pruning Fruit Trees, a Hands-On Workshop Leominster 1:30pm - 3:30pm $50
March 16 Growing and Pruning Blueberries Northboro 10:00am - 1:00pm $50
March 23 Grafting Apple Trees, A Hands-On Workshop Belchertown 9:00am - 2:30pm $75
March 30 Growing and Pruning Grapes Pepperrell 10:00am - 1:00pm $50
April 20 Backyard Apple Orchard Fruiting Wall! Leominster 9:00am - 2:30pm $75
April 27 Insect Pests & Diseases of Apples - and how to manage them Leominster 10:00am - 1:00pm $50
May 4 Edible Forest Gardens - an intro to permaculture principles for your yard Amherst 10:00am - 1:00pm $50
May 25 Native Pollinator Conservation Weston 10:00am - 1:00pm $50

THANK YOU to our SPONSORS: Nourse FarmsOESCO,Inc., and Adams County Nursery.
Nourse  OESCo  ACN

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.

THANK YOU to our SPONSORS: Nourse Farms, OESCO,Inc., and Adams County Nursery.

Date Program/Time/Location Description
March 9

Pruning Fruit Trees, A Hands-on Workshop
Mr. Jon Clements
1:30 to 3:30pm
Sholan Farm, Leominster 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. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct actual pruning and gain both experience and confidence in pruning apple trees in order to produce a bountiful crop.*

March 16 Growing & Pruning Blueberries
Ms. Sonia Schloemann
10:00am to 1:00pm
Tougas Family Farm, Northboro, 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 growing blueberries in your home landscape. The workshop will include some hands-on pruning lessons. Bring your own tools or use ours.*
March 23 Grafting Apple Trees, A Hands-on Workshop
Dr. Wesley R. Autio
9:00am to 2:30pm
UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown, MA
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 participants in the workshop will graft several of their own apple trees to take
home. * There will be a break for participants to enjoy a BYO lunch.

March 30

 

Growing & Pruning Grapes
Ms. Sonia G. Schloemann
10:00am to 12:00pm
Kimball Farms, Pepperrell, 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. Sonia Schloemann will help participants through the basics and give them the tools to overcome some of the challenges. Specific topics will include selecting varieties, planting, fertilizing, controlling pests, pruning, and vine training. 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.*
April 20 The 100-Square-Foot, 25-Tree, 5-Variety Backyard Apple Orchard Fruiting Wall!
Mr. Jon Clements
9:00am to 2:30pm
Sholan Farms, Leominster MA
Your fruiting wall will produce two bushels each of five apple varieties in just 3 years from planting using just over 100 square feet of backyard! We will spend some time indoors talking about site, variety, rootstock selection, planting, and annual care (including pest management) of your fruiting apple wall. Then, we will go outdoors and actually plant the orchard from start to finish including site preparation, fertilization, pruning, and tree support. Voila! Instant orchard.* There will be a break for participants to enjoy a BYO lunch. THANK YOU to our SPONSOR for this workshop: Adams County Nursery.
April 27 Insect Pests & Diseases of Apples - and how to manage them
Dr. Dan Cooley and Mr. Jon Clements
10:00am to 1:00pm
Sholan Farms, Leominster 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. wil be covered.*
May 4 Edible Forest Gardens - an introduction to permaculture principles for your yard
Ms. Lisa DePiano
10:00am to 1:00pm
French Hall, UMass
Amherst MA
Learn how to garden like the forest. In this workshop we will learn about site prep, species selection and planting methods to grow your own backyard food forest. For thousands of years people have been using these gardens to provide their own food, forage, fuel, fodder, fertilizer and medicine, you can too.*

May 25

Native Pollinator Conservation
Ms. Sonia G. Schloemann
10:00am to 1:00pm
Land's Sake Farm, Weston MA
Pollination is an important step in growing all fruits and many vegetables. While most people know about honey bees, native bees are also important pollinators. Encouraging native bees and other beneficials by providing nesting and forage habitat is easy and fun for the home gardener. Learn about how to build bee blocks and which flowering plants make good forage habitat. Participants will build nest boxes to bring home to their gardens.*

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

THANK YOU to our SPONSORS: Nourse FarmsOESCO,Inc., and Adams County Nursery.

2011 Locations Directions
Sholan Farms
1125 Pleasant St, Leominster, MA
978-840-3276
Google Map
From 495, take exit 29B to merge onto MA-2 W toward Leominster. Take exit 33 toward I-190 S/Leominster/Worcester. Merge onto Leominster Connector. Continue onto Mechanic St. Turn left onto Main St/Monument Square. Continue onto Pleasant St. Turn right to stay on Pleasant St. Sholan Farms at 1125 Pleasant St. will be on the right.
Tougas Family Farm
246 Ball Street, Northboro, MA
(508) 393-6406
Google Map
From I-495, take Exit 25B for I-290 west. Travel bout 5 miles toward Worcester. Take Exit 24, Church Street, Northboro/ Boylston. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right towards Boylston, and take your first right onto Ball Street. The farm is about 1 mile up the hill on the right.
UMass Cold Spring Orchard
391 Sabin Street, Belchertown,
MA
(413) 323-6647
Google Map
From the Route 9/Route 202 intersection, take Route 9 East for about 2.5 miles, and turn right onto Sabin Street. In approximately 1.75 miles, you see orchard trees on both sides of the road.
Kimball Fruit Farm
184 Hollis St. Pepperell MA
(978)433-9751
Google Map
From 495 Take exit 31 for MA-119 toward Groton/Acton. Turn right onto MA-119 W/Great Rd. Turn right onto MA-111 N/ River Rd. At the traffic circle, take the 2
UMass French Hall
244 Stockbridge Road, Amherst MA
(413) 545-0306
Google Map
From Mass Pike take exit 8 toward MA-32/US-20/Palmer/Amherst. Take MA-32 to MA-181. Take left onto MA-9. Turn right onto S Pleasant St. and continue straight onto N Pleasant St. Turn right to stay on N Pleasant St. Take the 1st right onto Thatcher Way. Turn left toward Stockbridge Rd. French Hall is on the right.
Land's Sake Farm
27 Crescent St. Weston MA
(781)893-1162
Google Map
(Weston Community Center)
From I-90 Mass Pike, take exit 14 for I-95 N toward N.H – Maine. Follow signs for I-95 N/Waltham/Portsmouth NH and merge onto I-95 N/MA 128. Take exit 26 toward Waltham/Weston/US- 20. Merge onto US-20 E. Merge onto US-20 W via the ramp on the left to Weston/Marlboro. Turn right onto Crescent St. Lands Sake Inc at 27 Crescent Street will be on the right.

THANK YOU to our SPONSORS: Nourse FarmsOESCO,Inc., and Adams County Nursery.