Cider & Perry Orcharding through the Year
Guiding students throughout the production year with in-depth discussions and demonstrations of orcharding techniques needed on a seasonal basis.
series-$330. Orcharding section only (3 classes)-$250. Individual classes-$95 each. All classes include beverages and lunch.
Date/ Time: (See individual classes for details).
Location: Skagit Valley Gardens, Mount Vernon, WA
In this series of one-day workshops, we will cover the intricacies of apple and pear orcharding, providing students with information crucial to becoming a successful commercial producer. Training covers everything from evaluating the business plan, to starting an orchard, choosing plant material, orchard maintenance, and equipment needed. Enterprise Feasibility kicks off the year, followed by Orcharding courses spread out over three seasons.
Date/ Time: January 14, 2014. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Demand for high quality locally produced
food is burgeoning. This class will
provide a general overview and cover the critical steps necessary to launch a product
into the marketplace, develop a new business, or expand an existing business
enterprise. Topics will include:
• Conducting market research and analysis
• Steps and considerations for product development
• Competitive analysis and product positioning
• Sales forecasting and establishing start-up and operating costs
• Risk management strategies
• Sourcing capital
Participants will gain exposure to proven business development concepts. At the end of the workshop they will leave with written materials and resources to support their consideration of launching new businesses or products, as well as expanding existing businesses.
The Orcharding section of this four-part series is led
by fruit production expert Gary Moulton.
Gary worked in the Fruit Horticulture department of the Washington State
University - Mount Vernon Research
and Extension Center from
1980 to 2010. In 1991 he took over the
management, direction, and leadership of the Fruit Research program. He holds a
Master’s Degree from WSU in Plant Pathology specializing in fruit diseases, and
a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pomology/Fruit Science from California
Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. These courses are listed in the Events Calendar under Cider and Perry Orcharding Through the Year.