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Course: Cider & Perry Orcharding through the Year - Fall Orcharding

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.

Fee: Four-part 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.


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.


Fall Orcharding

Date/Time: September 19, 2014.  8:30 AM to 4:30PM.
Location: Skagit Valley Gardens (Mount Vernon, WA).

This workshop will explain orchard layout based on rootstock performance, guide students to choose the best varieties for particular markets, determine correct spacing, and cover factors affecting fruit production yields. Students will get an overview of routine tasks for fall orcharding, including calculating fertilizer needs and using equipment to apply them, preparing for Winter, the do’s and don’ts of scion wood, and the surprisingly tricky task of working with a nursery to order grafted trees.  Topics:

• Orchard Layout
• Soil Testing & Amendments
• Rootstock Selection for fruit varieties
• Fall Clean-Up & Pest Control
• How to Collect & Store Scion Wood
• Working with the Nursery


These courses are very popular and advanced reservations fill quickly.  Please contact Northwest Agriculture Business Center for availability and registration. 360-336-3727

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Later Event: September 20
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