Orchard Beginnings for Aspiring Tree Fruit Growers


Workshop audio recordings from the 2014 MOSES Organic Farming Conference.


Anton Ptak, Mary Dirty Face Farm
Saturday III – 4 p.m.
New to fruit? Gain some insight from a grower who took on the task five years ago and has some valuable experience to share for those looking to get into a smaller scale tree fruit operation or those wishing to add tree fruit to an existing enterprise. We’ll discuss infrastructure options from bare bones alternatives to all-out, by-the book plans. Orchard layout design, rootstock and variety selection, planting density, care and maintenance will all be covered in detail. Learn how to avoid common beginner mistakes during the early years of organic orchard establishment.