Assessing Fruit Quality at Harvest

Assessing Fruit Quality at Harvest

Determining when fruit is ready to pick can be tricky especially if you’re looking for specific quality characteristics, such as for hard cider, storability, or fresh eating quality. Fruit is NOT magically ready when it turns red! In this workshop we’ll discover how to assess fruit quality and learn how much fruit quality can change over just a few days or weeks. Learning how to determine optimal harvest time involves knowing your objectives, taking note of obvious changes such as seed color, skin color, aroma, acidity, tannins, and overall taste, and measuring brix, starch, titratable acidity, firmness, and more. We’ll go over each metric and how to use affordable instrumentation accurately.
Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
$40 or $35 for those who pre-register by 10/8

Soil Health for Perennial Fruit Crops

Soil Health for Perennial Fruit Crops

Managing orchard fertility is about more than just fertilizer. The fact is your orchard soil is a giant digestive engine, chewing up carbon, nitrogen, and minerals to feed not only your trees but the soil food web. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the basics of your soil so you can better understand what’s going on right under your feet, the mineral connection, and what you can do to improve the soil’s health and overall vitality to grow better fruit. Last year we discussed the basics of soil chemistry, physical characteristics, and soil biology. This year we’ll focus more on the practical aspects of what you can do to holistically improve your soils, but we’ll also go over some basics methods you can use to assess your overall soil health and fertility.
Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
$40 or $35 for those who pre-register by 6/18

Crop Load Management for Productivity and Quality

Crop Load Management for Productivity and Quality

Saturday May 13, 2017 ~ 11:00am-4:00pm
Crop load management is more than just fruit or blossom thinning. It’s about managing the fruit load on your trees for optimal yield, quality, and nutritional value. How you manage fruit load has a direct effect on return bloom for next year’s crop, as well as the quality and productivity of this year’s harvest. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the basics of floral bud induction and development, flowering and early fruit development, return bloom, and crop load management tactics (yes, including thinning). Trees should be at or close to bloom so we can study the flowers in situ and discuss the direct impact your practices can have not only on this year’s crop, but next year’s as well.
Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
$40 or $35 for those who pre-register by 5/7

Holistic Apple Scab and Fireblight Control

Holistic Apple Scab and Fireblight Control

Apple scab and fireblight are two of the biggest disease issues apple growers ever have to contend with in any given season. 2016 was a relatively low pressure year, but who knows what 2017 will look like? In this workshop we will discuss the biology and ecology of each disease, disease cycles, forecasting tools, varietal resistance/susceptibility, control opportunities, and what to do if the inevitable strikes! We will use a variety of approaches to examine trees and leaves, discuss how to assess current year infection potential, and how to use techy forecasting tools to better prepare and holistically manage for these nefarious diseases.
Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
$40 or $35 for those who pre-register by 3/26

Pruning and Renovating Apple Trees

Pruning and Renovating Apple Trees

Iconic trees of old farmsteads provide many with a great chance to learn about apple growing and starting your own orchards. Last year we pruned a few trees that hadn’t seen much attention. This year, we’ll look at how those trees responded and finish pruning the remaining trees in the orchard. This will be a day of pruning discussion and practice while we work to bring some old trees back to life. This is a hands-on workshop, but tools are not provided – bring your loppers, shears, and handsaws with you. Or just come listen and learn.
Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
$40 or $35 for those who pre-register by 2/12

Grafting & Pruning

Grafting & Pruning

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Part one of this hands on grafting class will cover theory behind propagation of apple, pear, and stone fruit. We will still discuss summer chip budding, top working, and bridge grafting.  Participants will learn how to do a dormant bench graft and leave with their very own grafted tree. Grafting knives will be available for use but please bring a knife if you have one.

Part two will focus on pruning, an art that takes many years to master. Students will learn some basic guidelines for where to start.  Many of the concepts for raising your freshly grafted trees also apply to bringing your old neglected orchard back into production.

While we will cover some theory, the majority of this class will take place in the orchard so dress accordingly! Please also bring a bag lunch.

About the instructors:

Greg Rothman has been working for Cummins Nursery since 2008, and in that time has propagated upwards of forty thousand fruit trees via chip budding and grafting.

Dustin Underwood has been managing orchards for close to ten years, which has included pruning, grafting, topworking, and spraying.

Know Your Roots presents Apple Fruit Quality Characteristics at Harvest

Know Your Roots presents Apple Fruit Quality Characteristics at Harvest

Fruit is NOT magically ready when it turns red! If fact, skin color is probably the worst way to tell when apples are ready for harvest. The fact is, there is so much that goes into growing a good apple other than color? Determining when fruit is ready to pick can be a tricky endeavor especially if you’re looking for specific characteristics, such as for hard cider, storability, or fresh eating quality. It isn’t rocket science, but it can sure be interesting to discover how much fruit quality can change over just a few days or weeks. Learning how to determine optimal harvest time involves knowing your objectives, observing obvious changes such as seed color, skin color, aroma, and taste, as well as measuring brix, starch, titratable acidity, tannins, firmness, and more. We’ll go over each metric and how to use affordable instrumentation accurately.
$75 or $60 for those who pre-register by 9/11 Groundswell Members $45
Space is limited so please pre-register 
To register or for more information, contact Mike Biltonen, (845) 674-5124, Mike@knowyouroots.com

Know Your Roots presents Soil Health and Fertility for Perennial Tree Crops

Know Your Roots presents Soil Health and Fertility for Perennial Tree Crops

Managing orchard fertility is about more than just fertilizer. The fact is your orchard soil is a giant digestive engine, chewing up carbon, nitrogen, and minerals to feed not only your trees but the soil food web. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the basics of understanding your soil so you can better understand what’s going on right under your feet, the mineral connection, and what you can do to improve the soil’s health and overall vitality to grow better fruit. We discuss the basics of soil chemistry, physical characteristics, and soil biology. We’ll interpret soil tests, leaf analyses, go over some basics methods to assess your overall soil health, soil respiration, soil aggregate stability, and more. If you have soil or leaf tissue sample that you’d like to have me look at, bring them along.
$75 or $60 for those who pre-register by 7/3  Groundswell Members : $45
Space is limited so please pre-register
To register or for more information, contact Mike Biltonen, (845) 674-5124, Mike@knowyouroots.com