A FRUIT Day............May 22, 2021
Workshops - Fruit Planting & Propagation Saturday May 22, 2021
FRUIT PLANTING...............WORKSHOP A..................COST $100
We get frequent requests for "on site" consulting but suggest that anyone who is planning a farm orchard or a backyard fruitscape should first come to this 2 hr workshop and ask all your questions (10 -12 noon). We discuss small farm orchards, permaculture orchards, food forests, agroforestry and city or urban fruitscapes.. Even if you are planning to start fruit growing in your backyard this workshop will help with your decisions. We will explain how to choose the right varieties(genetics) for your requirements and also those that we have found can be grown organically with no sprays. We explain how to choose varieties to match your soil and climate conditions. How to plant a fruit tree properly, when is best for transplant success, where to plant on your property and why are you planting fruit trees will all be answered.
FRUIT PROPAGATION...............WORKSHOP B...............COST $100
The afternoon propagation session (1-3 pm) will show how you can use fruit seeds or cuttings or scions or buds to propagate your favourite fruit varieties. We will offer all participants a chance to graft their own fruit tree in our nursery field and put their name on it to take home at a later date when we are sure the propagation has been successful. We are the only nursery/farm in Canada that offers this type of fruit preservation workshop... but might be the last for me..... at 75 years old and 50 plus fruit workshops.. ...and COVID 19 has me on its hit list?
As societal interest in preserving frogs to butterflies increases...sadly the interest in preserving our fruit heritage is declining rapidly. In 2020 we estimate that 95% of the fruit you eat will come from far away places. You must also be wary of the 5% Canadian grown fruit .....such as GMO apples which are starting to flood the marketplace and 99% of all Canadian grown fruit is heavily sprayed with pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, etc....much like the imported fruit.