Haven’t you always wanted to walk out your own door and pick beautiful, fresh, organic fruit off your own trees? Has lack of basic knowledge on how to do choose the correct varieties, without using dangerous chemicals, or how to plant them kept you from starting in the past?
With this in mind, we did some brainstorming and, voila! the $100 Orchard was born. Brian wanted to have a class that was more in depth than basic grafting and send recipients home with enough trees to get you on your way to a productive home orchard with a cost that could fit into the average budget. We reviewed all of our favorite varieties, along with customers most requested types. We looked at the rootstock which has the highest grafting success rate and hardiness for our harsh winters, too.
Brian will be going over the basics of grafting, planting and orchard maintenance. He will also cover companion plants for the orchard, choosing the best location for your trees, natural pest and disease management along with tips and tricks for early fruiting!
After five hours, you will be ready to take home four new trees (two apples, one plum and one pear) and Brian’s book, Homestead Orcharding Is A SNAP, which contains a review of the information from the class.
Our schedule with start at 10 am with the informational section of the class. Brian will give an overview of homestead orcharding from planting to harvesting and storage. We will break for lunch, during which time Brian will be available for Q&A’s. After lunch we will work on grafting your four trees. More rootstock will be for sale if you’d like to graft more than four trees. (Note: the four trees you go home with will be the ones you graft at the class)
The class cost is……..well, $100.
This is our most popular class and sells out early!
Check out our Permaculture Orcharding group on Facebook for more information on growing fruit trees in a resilient and regenerative fashion.
Our goal at Winter Cove Farm is to show you how to grow your own trees, naturally. To see all of our trees & plants for sale, visit our Shop.
This Connecticut class will be held at Radical Roots Farm, 146 Buck Hill Road, Canterbury, CT.
One review, from last year’s class, said, “On April 10th, I had the pleasure of attending an orcharding/grafting class led by Brian of Winter Cove Farm. The workshop was filled with information about various varieties of fruit trees, the best uses for each variety available, and the proper/recommended ways of caring for one’s orchard. Within three hours, I had not only grafted 6 different trees to plant in my orchard, but also had the opportunity to discuss hugelkulture planting, permaculture ideas, the importance of soil structure and organisms within, and some aspects of companion planting. I would encourage anyone planning to start or rehabilitate an orchard to attend this workshop next spring or to contact Winter Cove for growing and care information. Brian made learning to graft so easy to learn I was left wondering when class was over why I hadn’t somehow inherently known this skill!”
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