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Orchard Basics

  • Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
  • Time: 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
  • Location: Luther College, Valders Hall of Science, Room #362

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” - Martin Luther

Spring is the perfect time to plant an orchard...or a single fruit tree. Planting trees is an investment in the future and this class is designed to give you the information you need to plant a fruit tree today. David and Perry-O Sliwa own and operate Meadow Farm, which is located northeast of Decorah. In the Fall you are likely to see David at the Winneshiek County Farmer’s Market selling the delicious apples and pears that have come from their orchard. David has spent years developing his knowledge as an orchardist and will give a brief presentation on what to consider when selecting a site and fruit tree variety to plant. He will also give insights into fruit tree maintenance and other key considerations, such as pests and pollination. Those interested in this class may also want to check out the apple-grafting and tree care workshops at Seed Savers Exchange on April 5th and 12th.

Instructor: David Sliwa, Meadow Farm


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