Fascinating biological connections make for a healthy orchard ecosystem!
All insect pests and fruit tree disease – whether fungal or bacterial – have launching points and particular timing. Healthy trees address these challenges first and foremost from within. Growers utilizing an ongoing investment in soil nutrition and biodiversity set the stage for gentler organic sprays to grow a successful fruit crop. The challenges you face at your locale will become far more manageable as you build a holistic system that keeps trees and berry plantings healthy from the get-go.
This workshop will also include a discussion about grafting techniques and we’ll wrap up this day with important marketing perspectives for selling the good fruit you are growing.
December 6th, 2016
Check-in, Welcome & Introductions: 8:30am-9:00am
Workshop begins: 9:00am sharp
9:00 – 10:30am:
- Healthy Plant Metabolism
- Fungal Duff Management
10:30 – 10:45am: Break & snacks
10:45 – 12:00pm and 1:00-2:00pm:
- Orchard Soil Health
- Ecosystem Connections
- Disease Progression
Noon – 1:00pm: Lunch (is included/provided with your registration)
2:00 – 2:15pm: Break & snacks
2:15 – 3:00pm:
- Integrating Holistic Tenets into Orchard Practice
- Holistic Alternatives to Fungicides
3:00 – 4:30pm:
- Insect Challenges & Management
- Community Marketplace (How to sell those beautiful fruits!)
4:30 – 5:30pm: MOYFC mini-mixer to get to know Michael and your fellow mid-Missouri farmers
**Please email us if you have dietary restrictions: [email protected]**