The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is hosting a series of workshops on organic orcharding. These workshops are set to run from Saturday, March 9, through Saturday, Aug. 17, at various locations throughout Maine as well as two online opportunities.

The series covers a variety of topics appropriate for people at any level of experience in fruit tree care. This year’s offerings include pruning, bringing back an old orchard, holistic apple pest management (online), grafting, topworking, low-Intervention fruit tree care (online), and growing nursery stock.

Growing tree fruit organically benefits wildlife and humans alike. Eliminating synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals, and incorporating organic methods and materials, helps to build populations of beneficial organisms in the orchard ecosystem, not only in the soil, but also in the tree canopy, according to a news release from MOFGA.

Workshops offer both general guidance and hands-on experience. All workshops in this series are priced on a sliding scale and are free for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and MOFGA journeypersons. Scholarships also are available.

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