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BYFG Winter Workshops February 15, 2020

Farm and Home Center
1383 Arcadia Rd, Lancaster, PA in Lancaster County

On February 15th, 2020 at 10:00am

Category: Other Events
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10:00am -12:00pm Morning Workshops 10:00am 12:00pm Planning an apple orchard with Chris Manning, Alan Browne, and Chris Patterson. The trio will walk you through the planning of an orchard. With rising food and gas prices, more and more gardeners are looking for ways to reduce household costs and grow more of their own food. Site selection is first. Then take an honest look at your property. Soil test and Tree Selection determine the hardiness zone for your area and select fruit trees that will grow well there. Variety selection: its important to grow fruit-tree varieties that taste great and are productive, but you also have to know a little about pollination. Planting time: buy trees locally that are already potted in a container. You can get these at the May Sale at Landis Valley Museum at the BYFG booth or order them bare root from White Oak Nursery. **Also included in this workshop Ladder safety with Chris Patterson 10:00am 12:00pm Pawpaws Americas Forgotten Fruit. From seed to fruit Mr. Pawpaw, Ted Weeden, shares his knowledge of this well-adapted and under-appreciated native fruit. Pawpaws, Americas largest native tree fruit, are really not easy to grow from seed and get established. Ted will demonstrate the art of grafting. Ted knows how, growing dozens of varieties. He is well known at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival and the Kentucky State University Pawpaw Research Station, and has discovered many local native pawpaw stands. Participants will receive free pawpaw seeds to plant Come September you can join Ted on his Pawpaw tours. 10:00am 12:00pm Mushrooming in Southeastern PA: Tina Ellor has for years been the Technical Director of Phillips Mushroom Farms, the largest grower of specialty mushrooms around. Tina never lost her fascination with all things fungi. Shell cover the fungi types we are most likely to come across in stores or on a hike, including those we can grow in our backyards. Maybe well have a How To Grow Mushrooms at a future workshop. 12:00 - 1:00pm Bring your own lunch, or pop nearby to the nearby Rt. 72 commercial strip. Buy replacement (empty) bee tubes from Pete Fisher. Trade in filled tubes for empty ones. 1:00 - 3:00pm Afternoon Workshop ***2 different Speakers 1 workshop*** 1:00 - 2:00pm I Grew It - Now What Do I Do With It? - Agnes Mazur will present ideas for cooking and preserving the fruits   Bramble pests and diseases can quickly ruin a promising crop so Kathy will also cover how to identify and control some of the most common problems in a home planting. 1:00 - 4:45pm Apple Tree Pruning Basics Taught by Master Gardener Steve Shambeda and BYFG nursery supervisor Ken Kuzdro. The presentation begins indoors with a thorough handout and discussion of pruning principles- 1 hour and 45 minutes in the classroom. Participants then carpool to receive hands-on training pruning apples trees in Ken's nearby orchard - 2 hours. This session packs in a lot of useful information. Dress warmly and bring hand pruners, if you have them. Rain or shine. The Pruning Workshop has extra time allotted. After the classroom session, participants carpool to BYFG supporter Ken Kuzdro's nearby orchard for lots of hands on pruning training and practice. Steve will stay as long as required for participants to master the basics (or until it gets dark) !!
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