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Small Fruits and Fruit Tree Maintenance
Fri, May 19, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
May and June bring a variety of maintenance considerations for small fruits and fruit trees. As we discuss these considerations you will learn about some of the best small fruit and tree fruits that are suited for home production. We'll walk through the selection process of disease and insect resistant fruit. We'll share the several good choices of native fruits that can be very productive in home landscapes, but that are often overlooked as options.
Come out to the MacBride and Gill Falcon Ridge Farm to view the stunning view across the orchard. Gain memorable hands on experiences as you walk through the diverse orchard and see the various growing systems. You'll see first hand, and we'll discuss, the space requirements for native and non-native fruit plantings. You will also have the opportunity to gain skills in thinning pear, apple, peach and apricots on a living tree.
This will be an active session as we move around the orchard and visit different native fruit plantings and various training methods. Your dexterity will be improved as you learn how to thin fruit early in the season to improve its quality.
Please be aware that this is a hands-on class that may be physically demanding. You will be asked to walk/move about the farm and practice thinning. In the process, you may find yourself getting in a good workout for the day!
9:30-10:00 | Arrive and check-in at MacBride and Gill Falcon Ridge Farm | 3811 Back Woods Road, Westminster, MD 21158
10:00-12:30 | Lecture and hands-on activities
Please make sure to reference the specific Directions to the Farm below.
Continuing Education Credits
This class will count as 2.5 hours of UME MG continuing education and also towards the Advanced Training: Vegetable Gardening Certificate.
This event will take place rain or shine.
No refunds will be awarded after May 19
Remember to Bring
- MG name badge
- Clothing appropriate for whatever weather the morning will bring
- Boots that will protect you while walking through an open field
- If you have them: good quality, sharp pruners
Stanton Gill is a University of Maryland Extension Specialist in IPM and Entomology for Nursery, Greenhouse and Landscape Production. Stanton is a tenured faculty member of the University of Maryland with an office at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center. He is also a professor of Landscape Technology for Montgomery College and the CEO of MacBride and Gill Falcon Ridge Farm, LLC, located in Westminster, Maryland. Stanton owns three farms that grow specialty fruit for local markets.
Directions to the Farm
- Take Rt.97 North to Westminster, Maryland. Rt.97 ends at Rt.140.
- Make a left (heading west) onto Rt.140. Stay on Rt.140 until you reach the Rt.97 North exit.
- Take the Rt.97 North exit to continue north on Rt.97.
- You will pass a John Deere Dealership and about a mile afterward you will pass Meadow’s Nursery. There will be a light at the intersection of Rt.496 and Rt.97. Make a right onto Rt.496 (Bachman Valley Road).
- Stay on Bachman Valley Road and cross over the Big Pipe Creek. Shortly after crossing the Big Pipe Creek make a left on Bixler Church Road.
- Take a right onto Back Woods Road. Once on Back Woods Road, the road goes through the middle of a farm then heads up a hill. As you see woods on your right, watch for Bradley Road. Stay on Back Woods Road and about 50 feet beyond Bradley Road will be a tree with a house address directory. The farm address is 3811 Back Woods Road. (You could also head towards the 3761 Back Woods Road farm house.)
- Make a right onto the paved driveway. You will pass a log cabin house. Just past this house is the entrance driveway on your left. There are two red pole gates at the entrance.
- The driveway is about 500 ft through the woods. You will come to an open field. Go straight ahead to the white barn with the red roof. You are now at MacBride and Gill Falcon Ridge Farm.
Note: Make sure to give yourself extra time to find the farm. Many people get lost and spend 30-45 minutes trying to find the location. If you follow the directions you should not have a problem. When you come down the farm lane and go through 500 ft of woods you will enter an open field. Park in this open field and walk to the barn. This location is not designed for people who are walking impaired.