With Michael Haeger
Wednesday, March 22nd from 4-6pm
At The Farmstand: 1118 Page Hill Rd, Chocorua, NH
Michael will be hosting two workshops for G.A.L.A. this year. His first will be Pruning Fruit Trees. In April there will be a tree grafting workshop of a similar style, and also located at The Farmstand. It is rare to have the chance to teach pruning on real apple trees and Michael is definitely the teacher for the job!
The first half of the workshop will be indoors where participants will learn about why we prune, the different responses encouraged by certain types of cuts, the differences between pruning a new orchard versus resurrecting older trees to produce again and all the tools required to the job cleanly and safely. After the indoor portion is completed the group will proceed out to the orchard and put their new knowledge to the test. This is a great opportunity to experience pruning trees with an expert.
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According to the Orchard Network, pruning helps to a) develop and maintain a balanced tree, of manageable size and even shape b) rejuvenate the tree, stimulating strong growth and new fruit-bearing branches c) let in light and air, encouraging a regular crop of healthy fruit, and d) remove branches that are diseased, damaged, crossing and badly placed. Participants will learn about how and when to use different pruning tools, such as pruning saws, loppers, secateurs, and pruning knives, as well as the basic principles around making small and large cuts.
For the last twenty years Michael Haeger and his wife Karen have enjoyed gardening, raising chickens, cultivating fruit trees, utilizing solar-thermal, and composting with worms in an effort to lead a more self sufficient way of life. In addition to serving on G.A.L.A.’s Board of Directors for many years and receiving the Volunteer of the Year award, Michael has also worked with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and served on the board for The New Violin Family.
Please come prepared to be outside for about half of the time. Bring your notebook!
This workshop takes place from 4-6pm on Wednesday March 22nd at The Farmstand: 1118 Page Hill Rd, Chocorua, NH 03817. The cost to participate in the workshop is $15.00. Pre-registration is requested HERE or by calling 603-539-6460.