Organic Fruit Tree Short Course at UC Santa Cruz

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 1156 High St Santa Cruz CA 95064  See map


Ready to immerse yourself in the art and science of organic fruit tree growing?

This comprehensive course will give you the tools you need to successfully cultivate fruit trees on a backyard or small-orchard scale using organic techniques. This is a unique opportunity to learn first-hand from Orin Martin, Manager of UCSC's Alan Chadwick Garden. The three-day class includes lectures and hands-on practice so that attendees gain the knowledge necessary to select appropriate fruit tree varieties; choose and use the right tools; choose appropriate sites and prepare the planting hole; plant, fertilize, and prune your trees; set up an irrigation system; improve the soil with cover crops; and control pests and diseases.

Registration cost includes the Fruit Tree Reader, a selection of articles tailored for this course.

For over 35 years Orin Martin has cultivated hundreds of organic fruit trees at the Chadwick Garden. He has taught thousands of students and community members how to establish and care for fruit trees. Zoe Hitchner and Sky DeMuro, organic farmers at Everett Family Farm, will be co-instructors. Class size is limited, and advance registration is required.

The course takes place February 8-10, 2013 at the historic Alan Chadwick Garden on the UC Santa Cruz campus. Friday's class meets from 5-7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday sessions meet from 10 am – 4pm.

Please note: In case of heavy rain, the class will be rescheduled to February 15-17, 2013

Registration costs:
Friends of the Farm & Garden members - $275
General Public - $300

Please register by February 4.

Online registration available at: http://fruittree.brownpapertickets.com/

If you prefer to pay by check, please send a check made payable to UC Regents for $300 (general) or $275 (Friends of the Farm and Garden members) to:

1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Attn: Fruit Tree Workshop


Questions? Contact us at:

831-459-3240 or email: casfs@ucsc.edu

The University of California Santa Cruz's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems researches, develops, and advances sustainable food and agricultural systems that are environmentally sound, economically viable, socially responsible, nonexploitative, and serve as a foundation for future generations. Information available online: http://casfs.ucsc.edu/


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