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Fruit Tree Class at Highmoor Farm – February 15, 2014

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Please note:  This class is filled.

This half-day workshop on the basics of growing fruit trees will focus on growing apples for commercial sale.  This class will cover pruning, fertilizers, fruit thinning, insect pests, diseases and spraying.  If weather permits, we will have a pruning demonstration in the orchard. The class is free of charge, but please preregister by contacting Renae Moran at 207.933.2100 X105 or


10:00 AM Welcome and Introductions
10:10 AM What to Expect When Growing Apple and Other Tree Fruits
10:30 AM Fruit Thinning
11:00 AM Break
11:15 AM Nutrition and Fertilizing
11:45 AM Harvest Management with Stop Drops
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Insect Pests and Diseases
2:00 PM Spraying
2:30 PM Pruning

This class is for people who would like to learn more about the cultural requirements of fruit trees, in particular pruning, insect pests and diseases.  The class will be taught by Renae Moran, Tree Fruit Specialist for the University of Maine.

When: Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
There will be a one-hour break at noon, so bring a lunch.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Highmoor Farm Sign

Highmoor Farm, UMaine Agricultural Experiment Station
52 US Route
202, Monmouth, Maine 04259
Tel. 207.933.2100

The class will begin in the meeting room behind the barn.


Traveling North on I-95:  Take Exit 75 off the Maine Turnpike in Auburn (left turn off the exit ramp).  Go through Lewiston and travel east 17.9 miles on Route 202.  Highmoor Farm will be on your right.

Traveling South on I-95:  Take Exit 109B off I-95 in Augusta and travel west 15.7 miles on Route 202.  Highmoor Farm will be on your left.

For more information, contact Renae Moran at 207.933.2100 or email

If you are a person with a disability and will need any accommodations to participate in this class, please call Pam St. Peter at 207.933.2100 to discuss your needs, TDD 1-800-287-8957 (in Maine).   Please contact us at least one week prior to this event to assure fullest possible attention to your needs.


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