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.
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.
Date/ Time: February 13, 2014, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
This workshop will cover orchard maintenance during the dormant season, including winter pruning techniques and equipment. Participants will learn how to plan ahead for pest control, how to acquire a pesticide applicator’s license, when and how to bring in pollinators, and how to protect these key partners from pesticides. Topics also include establishing an orchard from layout and planting, trellis and support systems and specialized irrigation, and techniques nurseries use to propagate trees via grafting.
- Planning, planting and orchard layout
- Pruning and pruning equipment
- Trellis and Support Systems
- Pest Control and licensing
- Grafting/ Nurseries
These courses are very popular and advanced reservations fill quickly. Please contact Northwest Agriculture Business Center for availability and registration. 360-336-3727.
For more information go to www.agbizcenter.org