Fruit Tree Pruning
Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (CDT)
West St. Paul, MN
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This class will consist of 2 sessions: a classroom lecture from 10 am – 12 pm on the latest theory and practical applications for pruning and training, and an outdoor demonstration and practice session from 1 – 3 pm at the nearby Dodge Orchard, with a one hour lunch break in between. Specific topics to be addressed include various tree pruning techniques and principles with a special emphasis on fruit trees, fruit production, tree longevity optimization, maintenance minimization, and ease of harvest. During the outdoor session, students will be guided in a hands-on experience, working on trees using hand pruners, handsaws, pole saws, and spreaders.
The first session will be held in the Farm Education Building (1701 Charlton Street) and the afternoon session will be outdoors and a short walk through the Nature Center. Be sure to bring warm clothes and footware. Winter boots and warm clothes are recommended as we may be walking in a little bit of snow. Please bring along a bag lunch if you wish to stay onsite during the lunch break.
About the Presenter: Jeffrey Johnson is a Landscape Gardener with the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. He is a woody plants specialist maintaining the trees and shrubs collections throughout the public cultivated areas. Jeffrey has been a professional horticulturalist for over 30 years. At the Arboretum, he has managed the HRC’s orchards, Landscape Plants Breeding Program, recruited and retained a substantial volunteer corps, taught adult education classes, given tours, and attracted donors.
This class is offered as part of an ongoing educational series by The Minnesota Project's Fruits of the City program.
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The Minnesota Project
The Minnesota Project champions the sustainable production and equitable distribution of energy and food in communities across Minnesota.
Our programs are focused on the development, conservation and efficient use of renewable energy; farm practice and policy that promote profitable farms that protect and replenish the environment; and the production and consumption of local, sustainably grown foods.
Through collaborative leadership we demonstrate practical solutions as a basis for future policy. For over twenty-nine years we have fostered local empowerment, bridged diverse interests, encouraged shared values, and initiated working dialogues that create positive action and policy.