DEVELOPING AN ORGANIC PICK-YOUR-OWN BLUEBERRY OPERATION

Level: Advanced
Presenter: David Ingalls

Join David Ingalls to learn how to develop, market and manage a PYO blueberry operation. This workshop will share liability considerations, consumer needs and facility considerations for you-pick operations, crop management including avoiding crop damage, waste, and profit loss. This workshop is geared toward advanced growers looking to expand their marketing options.


ADVANCED PRUNING OF BLUEBERRIES BY VARIETY

Level: Advanced
Presenter: Gayle Thorpe

Build your knowledge and skill set for pruning blueberries in this advanced workshop designed to showcase the nuance within multiple varieties of berries. The Thorpe family will share years of experience in honing their skill in this demonstration of pruning. Walk away with knowledge to increase yield and longevity in your berry production. Learn pruning technique for Bluecrop, Elliot, Berkeley, Northland, Spartan, Duke and more. The Thorpe family is working with varieties from two years in age up to 32, and still going strong.


LESSONS FROM 30 YEARS OF ORGANIC APPLES

Level: Advanced
Presenter: Brian Caldwell

Brian Caldwell has been growing and selling certified organic apples since 1988. He will share some lessons gleaned while managing two plantings on very different sites over that time. He will discuss microclimate and climate change, rootstocks and planting systems, orchard floor management, crop thinning, varieties suited to organic production in the Northeast, marketing, farmer networks, and more. This workshop will be valuable whether you are looking for land to plant an orchard or have acres in full production.


ADDING ORGANIC FRUIT TO YOUR FARM

Level: Advanced
Presenter: David Ingalls

Installing organic fruit: is it possible? This workshop is a high-level look at adding fruit to an operation, evaluating soils for appropriate crop/variety, evaluating your market potential, and planning for disease and pest management. Great for experienced but non-fruit growers.


PRODUCING HIGH-QUALITY APPLES IN THE NORTHEAST

Level: Advanced
Presenter: Lou Lego

Growing clean, beautifully-colored apples on an organic farm is more than just finding approved spray materials. Cultural practices like orchard location and design, pruning, companion planting, and harmful insect deterrence can make organic production easier and less expensive than conventional spray-intensive production. Lou Lego will show how quality apples are produced at Elderberry Pond Farm using these innovative techniques.


GROWING CHESTNUTS IN THE NORTHEAST

Level: Intermediate
Presenter: Akiva Silver

The time for chestnuts to return to the Northeast is here. With the right varieties, chestnuts are well adapted to our climate. This program will cover the history of chestnut trees, species around the world, cultivation, pests, propagation, and storage, plus uses for and marketing of chestnuts.


BIODYNAMIC FRUIT WITHIN A WHOLE FARM ORGANISM

Level: Beginner
Presenter: Hugh Williams

By creating a balanced and diversified biodynamic farm organism, we can develop high levels of soil fertility with the farm's own resources, providing great flexibility in the mix of possible enterprises and ensuring financial stability over the long term. This workshop will track the development of the biodynamic orchards of Threshold Farm over 24 years of profitable operation with very low debt load. There will be plenty of hard data on all aspects of fruit growing, our unique marketing model, and on crop rotation over decades, as we graft and plant out new orchards on a Keyline pattern.


Figs: An Ideal Growing Approach in a Non-ideal Climate

Level: Beginner
Presenters: Craig Boyer and Bill Lauris

Growing figs in the northeast can be a challenging but rewarding effort. This workshop will cover techniques for choosing, starting, growing, and storing trees in the winter for retail markets. Come join us for this introductory course and see what fig production can do for you.