In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of winter pruning in order to increase the health and abundance of local fruit trees! This fun workshop will be an opportunity to gain a basic understanding of the different types of pruning cuts and when these cuts should be used.
About the instructors:
Tom Gibson grew up on a family farm that was in one of the country’s premier fruit tree regions near Grand Junction, Colorado. He also lived on a kibbutz in Israel for ten years where he helped manage 1500 acres of olives, carob, cotton, alfalfa, corn, winter cereals, melons, artichokes, and forage crops for the dairy and regional livestock feed center. They also started some of the world’s first permaculture projects and a community garden. Since returning to the states he has been an activist promoting local self-reliance by growing much of his own food and sharing his experiences with others. His quarter acre home is a permaculture sitewww.camaspermaculture.org with over a hundred perennial fruit trees and bushes that are also home to his flocks of ducks and chickens.
Noah Marquis is the owner/ operator of Trees to Soil, LLC, a permaculture-driven, biodynamic-based professional tree care service. Noah is an ISA certified arborist and has a long history with trees. Beginning at the age of 12, he helped his Uncle Bill plant 20 acres of Eastern White Pine for a wood lot in Northern Michigan. Since then, Noah has worked as an organic grower of avocados and citrus in Hawaii, apples in Japan, and as a tree preservationist and arborist in central Kentucky. Most recently, Noah worked as arboreal and permaculture consultant in Ecuador, helping with conservation, agroforestry research, and permaculture installations. Along with his wife and three children, he also runs “Berries to Bellies,“ a 3.75 acre blueberry u-pick on the Community by Design farm just south of Sherwood.
The location address and other details will be provided after you register.
Workshops are open to anyone, but pre-registration and pre-payment is required.
Please contribute the standard workshop fee of $25. Sliding scale options are provided for those who feel unable to contribute at that level. In addition, a limited amount of full scholarships and work-trade scholarships are available. Tree care workshops (except for the Grafting workshop) are free of charge for tree owners who have fruit trees registered with us, though contributions are gladly accepted!
Jaye: [email protected], 503-284-6106