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Organic Apple Field Day

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Two Onion Farm

19638 Cottage Inn Road

Belmont, WI 53510

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Chris and Juli McGuire started Two Onion Farm in 2003 and now raise five acres of organic produce. Their 1.25 acre organic apple orchard consists of scab-resistant varieties (Pristine, Williams Pride, Liberty, Winecrisp, CrimsonCrisp, Goldrush and others) on dwarfing rootstocks. They sell the apples through a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program and to local grocery stores.

At the field day we will tour the orchard and packing shed and discuss variety selection, growing methods, pest control, post-harvest handling, and marketing. We will also focus specifically on an on-farm research project which we conducted this year: we’ve raised over 600 grafted apple trees inside a hoophouse and evaluated two organic methods for developing branches (“feathers”) in the nursery trees. Feathered planting stock is an essential part of modern high-density apple training systems but it is difficult or impossible to purchase organically grown feathered trees. We’ll discuss how we were able to raise feathered trees using organic techniques.

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