Date(s) - 02/17/2018
PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (January 25, 2018) – University of Maryland Extension educators preparing for an informative fruit tree pruning workshop to be offered on Saturday, February 17, on the UMES campus. The workshop is reserved for the novice as well as for experienced tree planters.
For anyone who owns fruit trees, or who are thinking of planting them, proper maintenance is essential to the overall health of the tree and the quality of the fruit that will one day be harvest. Workshop participants will get the best of both worlds in that they will receive classroom instruction as well as tours of the newly established UMES apple orchard and the mature orchard on M & C Vessey Farm in Somerset County.
At each site there will be live demonstrations on pruning techniques for tree canopy management. The experience at both orchards will help participants gain a better understanding of fruit crop cultivation and successful management. Other topics of interests will be covered as well, such as irrigation, fertigation, pest/disease identification and management.
The Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop is sponsored by the IFARMS Project, which is spearheaded by the UMES Small Farm Program and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant led by Dr. Fnu Naveenkumar, assistant professor of horticulture in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences.
Registration, which includes a box lunch and educational materials, costs $20 per person. To register, please CLICK HERE.
IFARMS is a grant funded initiative implemented by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Small Farm Program. Its overall goal is to provide access to resources and management solutions that will increase a farmer’s ability to start and maintain successful agricultural businesses. Program deliverables include educational workshops, field demonstrations, and mini bus tours.