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POP event of interest- orchard training

From: Melissa M
Sent on: Friday, February 14, 2014 10:39 AM


WHERE: Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, West Philadelphia
COST: $50 for general public, $45 for POP partners & volunteers, Bartram's members

The Philadelphia Orchard Project and Bartram's Garden are bringing orchard all-star Michael Phillips to town to lead this exciting learning opportunity, which will cover the basics of holistic orchard care and demonstrate hands-on pruning techniques for healthy fruit trees.  Mr. Phillips is known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. The "community orchard movement" that he helped found at  provides a full immersion into the holistic approach to orcharding. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. Michael's book, The Apple Grower, is available in a fully revised edition, along with a new exciting companion volume, The Holistic Orchard, that speaks for all fruits.  Host site Bartram's Garden is the nation's oldest botanic garden and home to POP's largest orchard planting in the city.
Successfully growing fruit for your family becomes straightforward when you narrow the big picture down to getting the basics right. Fungal disease becomes manageable with wise variety choices and enhanced biology. Even major insect challenges can be resolved safely and organically when you perceive who, what, and when. Confidence to integrate tree fruits into your landscape begins with embracing biodiversity and knowing how to build system health. The challenges you face at your locale will become far more manageable as you build a holistic system that keeps trees and berry plantings healthy from the get-go.
BROWN BAG LUNCH: 12:30-1:00pm
We'll provide some beverages and snacks, but we ask that you bring your own lunch to keep the costs of this training at an affordable level.  

This hands-on training session will demonstrate the essential techniques and principles of pruning on the fruit trees at Bartram's Garden.  Competent pruning is an important annual practice for maintaining orchard production.  Michael will discuss specific horticultural goals to keep in mind when deciding which limbs and shoots to remove: sunlight interception, strong branch structure, this year's fruiting prospects, tree calmness, and canopy renewal.  You'll see the results of appropriate cuts from the perspective of light space. This afternoon session will also double as a walking consultation with our holistic orchard expert. 
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