Fruit trees make up a vital (and delicious) part of Toronto’s tree canopy, and many of them are right in your own backyard. But maintaining healthy, successful trees is not always easy!
Join us for a four-part workshop series where fruit tree care educator Susan Poizner will teach growers how to ensure their trees thrive and grow! You’ll learn the secrets to growing healthy trees, all about summer pruning and preventing pests and disease, and how to choose a fruit tree suited to your own growing conditions.
Click here for more info about the workshop series and to sign up! You can register for the first three classes for a discounted rate of $50, or pick and choose the workshops that interest you. Everyone that registers for the Fruit Tree Care Pack (Workshops 1 – 3) will be entered to win a free online Fruit Tree Care Training (worth $320), courtesy of the Orchard People.
Susan Poizner is a passionate filmmaker, journalist, urban orchardist and fruit tree care educator. She is the creator of the fruit tree care certificate training program at the Orchard People, author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards and host of the monthly fruit tree care podcast The Urban Forestry Radio Show on RealityRadio101.com.
Workshop 1 – Growing Healthy Organic Fruit Trees: Secrets to Success
Wednesday, June 14 2017, 6:45 – 8:00 PM
Wychwood Library, Program Room
1431 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON
More and more Torontonians are planting fruit trees in their gardens, parks or on company land. But often new growers are disappointed as their young fruit trees are vulnerable to pest and disease problems and often produce poor quality fruit. In order to thrive, fruit trees need skilled hands-on care like annual pruning, fertility management, and pest and disease prevention. In this workshop, Susan will share her tried-and-true secrets to success in growing healthy organic fruit trees!
Workshop 2 – Summer Fruit Tree Pruning
Sunday, July 16 2017, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
St. Matthew’s Clubhouse
450 Broadview Ave., Toronto, ON
Cost: $25, includes outdoor demonstration & hands-on pruning practice
Pruning is a vital part of fruit tree care, and helps improve the overall health and productivity of your tree. While many orchardists prune their trees in the winter, summer pruning is a key skill when it comes to caring for your trees. In this workshop you’ll learn the difference between winter and summer pruning, and practice your new skills on a local fruit tree. This session includes an indoor and outdoor component, so dress for the weather!
Workshop 3 – Preventing Pests and Disease in Fruit Trees
Saturday, August 12 2017, 9:15 AM – 11:45 AM
1136 Dupont Street, Toronto, ON
Cost: $25, includes outdoor demonstration
Is your fruit tree young and healthy? Well, that’s the perfect time to learn about pest and disease prevention! Or are you dealing with insects nibbling on your tree’s leaves, goopy wounds, disfigured fruit or black swellings on tree branches? In this workshop, Susan will teach participants about the causes of pest and disease problems, how to identify and treat common problems organically, and the basics of pruning out disease. This session includes an indoor and outdoor component, so dress for the weather!
Workshop 4 – Choosing a Fruit Tree
Wednesday, September 27 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Beth Sholom Synagogue (To be confirmed in August)
1445 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto, ON
Whether you are growing a single fruit tree in your yard, or a group of fruit trees in a community garden, your orchard’s future success can depend upon the trees you choose. If you select the right trees, you will have generous harvests for years to come! But if you choose the wrong trees you may spend years grappling with insect infestations and disease. In this workshop, Susan will walk you through the steps to selecting the right tree for bountiful harvests in your unique conditions. On your way to the workshop, stop by the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard to get inspired!
These workshops made possible by the generous support of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.