WILTON — Wilson Grange No. 321 will begin a series of free, public workshops on a variety of agricultural and food production methods in March.

Kicking off the year-long series is a presentation at 2 p.m., March 22, by local farmer, Pam Harnden, who will teach prospective gardeners how to successfully start seedlings at home.

She will use seeds, soil, grow lights and heat in her demonstration.

On April 5, at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., pruning experts will demonstrate the proper method and timing for pruning blueberry bushes and apple trees.

At 2 p.m., Maxine Collins of the Wilton Blueberry Farm will present her workshop on blueberries. At 3 p.m., Dave Fuller of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service will demonstrate successful apple tree pruning. The later workshop will involve traveling to a farm with apple trees to see how it’s done.

The Grange, also known as the Patrons of Husbandry, will announce other workshops planned for future months. Among them will be sessions on planting and harvesting garlic, and drying food and herbs for future use.

All sessions are open to anyone with an interest in gardening. Light refreshments will be served.

Wilson Grange is in downtown East Wilton on old Route 2.


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