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Royal Oak hosting home orchard workshops

Published: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 3:37 p.m. CDT

HARVARD – Apple growers looking to boost their bushels can attend a series of workshops at a Harvard orchard starting this month.

As a part of a new Home Orchard Management Series, Royal Oak Farm Orchard, 15908 Hebron Road, Harvard, has put together a workshop in each of the next three months.

Each of the three days starts indoors for a presentation on techniques and tools before moving outside for hands-on instruction.

"At Royal Oak, we use an entirely new approach to managing pests," said Dennis Norton, an integrated pest management specialist, pomologist and certified nurseryman at the orchard. "It's bio-intensive, which means it minimizes insects and disease damage to our fruit, based on an understanding of pest ecology."

Royal Oak is a you-pick orchard and agri-tourism business.

The first of three workshops runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the orchard. Experts will cover pest management and how to keep fruit trees healthy.

The Saturday, Sept. 20 workshop – scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon – will cover home orchard management, including choosing, planting, caring for and managing pests in your fruit trees.

Experts will discuss Home Orchard Culture, a system that helps growers best utilize their small- or medium-sized lots.

From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 18, the orchard will host a workshop on fruit tree pruning. Experts will discuss proper pruning techniques to get the best results out of fruit trees.

Each workshop costs $25.

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