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BYFG Winter Workshops
Farm and Home Center
Lancaster, PA
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BYFG Winter Workshops
10:00am -12:00pm     Morning Workshops

10:00am  12:00pm
     Planning an apple orchard with Chris Manning, Alan Browne, and Chris Patterson. The trio will walk you through the planning of an orchard. With rising food and gas prices, more and more gardeners are looking for ways to reduce household costs and grow more of their own food. Site selection is first. Then take an honest look at your property. Soil test and Tree Selection determine the hardiness zone for your area and select fruit trees that will grow well there. Variety selection: its important to grow fruit-tree varieties that taste great and are productive, but you also have to know a little about pollination. Planting time: buy trees locally that are already potted in a container. You can get these at the May Sale at Landis Valley Museum at the BYFG booth or order them bare root from White Oak Nursery.                                                                    **Also included in this workshop
    Ladder safety with Chris Patterson

10:00am  12:00pm
   Pawpaws Americas Forgotten Fruit. From seed to fruit Mr. Pawpaw, Ted Weeden, shares his knowledge of this well-adapted and under-appreciated native fruit. Pawpaws, Americas largest native tree fruit, are really not easy to grow from seed and get established. Ted will demonstrate the art of grafting. Ted knows how, growing dozens of varieties. He is well known at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival and the Kentucky State University Pawpaw Research Station, and has discovered many local native pawpaw stands.  Participants will receive free pawpaw seeds to plant Come September you can join Ted on his Pawpaw tours.

10:00am  12:00pm
  John Hershey, Friend of the Trees: Presented by Dale Hendricks, Green Light Plants, Landenberg PA.  will present John Hershey, Friend of the Trees:  Mr. Hershey was a devout Quaker who had a vision of farms that built and protected soils and water, which included trees shrubs, vines, birds and berries. He was growing and selecting superior and improved trees for higher nutritive value and long season productivity with happy farm animals and healthier farmers in mind. He practiced what he preached by demonstrating this at his Downingtown farms and Nursery from 1923 to 1967. He demonstrated the practice by planting a great diversity of tree crops that rained food down for most all of the growing season. Sadly when he died the properties were developed. In the talk well look at the many trees that remain and our beginning efforts to preserve their improved genetics and hopefully the trees themselves. The work and life giving vision of this pioneer still have a lot to teach us.
Next on Dale Hendricks Talk:
    The Rest of the Story: Soil, Carbon, Water, Climate and Agriculture A deep dive into living- and breathing- soils: Can we have diverse, regenerative and productive gardens and farms while building carbon in soils? Is it all about just minimizing emissions? Where is the "Carbon Action" and how can we as gardeners most productively engage? What is biochar? What roles do life and diverse perennial plant systems play in building carbon in the soil? What is the Liquid Carbon pathway? Is carbon the whole climate story? What about the water cycles and transpiration?

12:00 - 1:00pm Bring your own lunch, or pop nearby to the nearby Rt. 72 commercial strip. Buy replacement (empty) bee tubes from Pete Fisher. Trade in filled tubes for empty ones.

1:00 - 3:00pm Afternoon Workshop
***2 different Speakers 1 workshop***
1:00 - 2:00pm
   Solitary Bees with Bea Landis.  Her talk describes the different types of Native Solitary bees, how they live, their habitat, their benefits, and how to encourage them in your garden. Bea is a Master Gardener in Lancaster and a member of The Women's Garden Club of Lancaster County.

2:00 - 3:00pm
   Making Hard Cider with Damian Siekonic.  Selecting apple varieties and the process of making the cider. His winery tucked away in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in Center Valley, Damian Siekonic has been collaborating with historians to resurrect ciders as they were enjoyed hundreds of years ago. Following old recipes like those from William Penns wife, Gulielma, and cookbook author Eliza Smith (The Betty Crocker of her day), Blackledges sulfite-free ciders and meads are made with the areas heirloom apples and natural, native yeast, even using 250-year-old ivory hydrometers in the process.

1:00 - 4:45pm
Apple Tree Pruning Basics Taught by Master Gardener Steve Shambeda and BYFG nursery supervisor Ken Kuzdro. The presentation begins indoors with a thorough handout and discussion of pruning principles- 1 hour and 45 minutes in the classroom. Participants then carpool to receive hands-on training pruning apples trees in Ken's nearby orchard - 2 hours. This session packs in a lot of useful information. Dress warmly and bring hand pruners, if you have them. Rain or shine.

The Pruning Workshop has extra time allotted. After the classroom session, participants carpool to BYFG supporter Ken Kuzdro's nearby orchard for lots of hands on pruning training and practice. Steve will stay as long as required for participants to master the basics (or until it gets dark) !!


Farm and Home Center (View)
1383 Arcadia Rd
Lancaster, PA 17601
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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