Often in food gardening, we try to emulate nature’s cycles. But trees in the wild don’t require pruning. Why do we need to prune cultivated fruit trees? Pruning is done for lots of reasons, including:
- Safety for people and structures
- Aesthetic preference
- Removal of dead, diseased, or weak structures to increase the health of the tree
- Keeping the tree small enough that fruit is easy to access and the tree is easy to care for
- Encouraging root growth in young trees to ensure water supply
- Encouraging a branch formation that allows sunlight to reach more fruit
The Food Program is pleased to host Manon Tremblay for a workshop on pruning and grafting. Manon is a Certified Horticulturist (ITA) and Landscape Designer. She has been living on the West Coast for the past 16 years, and is passionate about edible and native gardens, organic and permaculture gardening, pruning, propagation, land reclamation and Ethnobotany. She works as a gardener, landscape designer, consultant and horticulture instructor.
The workshop will cover basic pruning methods and their effect on plant growth and development, and an introduction to winter fruit tree pruning. In the morning, we will cover pruning theory, how to maintain healthy trees and enhance crop production. The afternoon will be a hands-on supervised pruning session where participants will practice their newly-acquired skills, and a grafting demonstration as well.
Saturday, February 20th 9:30am-3:30pm
Morning at the South Hall and afternoon at a mid-island orchard.
Car-pooling will be organized. Please bring a bagged lunch.
Sliding scale $25-$35. RSVP is required. firstname.lastname@example.org