A 3-hour class in fruit tree horticulture offered by SweetSong Groves, a local urban farm producing tropical and subtropical fruit for the Suncoast region. It will provide a complete introduction, for both beginning and intermediate growers. Topics include:
- the seven basic horticultural concerns
- grafted trees — why you (usually) want one
- how to plant
- how to prune
- how to buy a tree
- diseases and insect pests
- growing in containers
- fruit tree clubs
The topics are illustrated in a hands-on fashion that include tours of SweetSong’s groves. The emphasis throughout is on non-toxic, ecologically sound methods.
Notes for the workshop are free: Fruit Tree Paradise Workshop Notes, along with a spreadsheet of very basic information about the more common species grown in our area: Basic Fruit Tree Info Spreadsheet.
The cost to attend, including all taxes and fees, is $25 per person ($35 per couple), all donated to Transition Sarasota, a local non-profit non-political organization dedicated to local food and local business in our community. Students and those in financial need may take the class at no cost. Please use the Contact page to request no-cost participation.
The next Workshop will be October 21 from 2:00 to 5:00, at SweetSong Groves. Pre-registration at Eventbrite is required, as the class size is limited. Some instructions for participants are given at Fruit Tree Paradise Workshop What To Expect.