An ACORN Event

Michael Phillips Workshops

Date(s) June 21-22, 2014
Location

(Morning)
Club d'Age d’Or
10 Villa St, Cocagne, NB 

(Afternoon)
Verger de la rivière Cocagne River Orchard
501 Cocagne South Road, Cocagne, NB

***Online registration is now closed. Day-of registration welcome!***

Michael Phillips Workshops

ACORN and the GDDPC (Groupe de développement durable du Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group) are bringing Michael Phillips to Cocagne, NB (~30 minutes from Moncton) this June!

Michael Phillips is best-known as author of The Apple Grower: A Guide for the Organic Orchardist, and more recently, The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way. He will be delivering two workshops: one geared to backyard orchardists and one for commercial growers. Lunch will be provided each day.

Home Orchard Basics with Michael Phillips (for backyard orchardists)

June 21st 10:00am-5:00pm

Successfully growing fruit for your family becomes straightforward when you narrow the big picture down to getting the basics right. Harvesting sunlight through smart pruning is what renews fruit buds. Fungal disease becomes manageable with wise variety choices and enhanced soil biology. Even major insect challenges can be resolved safely when you perceive who, what, and when. Michael will demonstrate how all sorts of fruits—from apples and pears to peaches and cherries and onward to berries—make for a diverse home orchard planting and provide pointers on how to build system health as an overall management philosophy. The morning will consist of indoor classroom time, and in the afternoon the group will head to a nearby orchard for some more applied learning "in the field."

Orcharding the Holistic Way with Michael Phillips (for commercial growers*)
June 22nd 10:00am-5:00pm

All insect pests and fruit tree disease – whether fungal or bacterial – have launching points and particular timing. Healthy trees address these challenges first and foremost from within. Michael will demonstrate how to make an ongoing investment in soil nutrition and biodiversity in order to cultivate a healthy orchard ecosystem more capable of dealing with these threats. The challenges you face in your orchard will become far more manageable with gentler organic sprays as you build a holistic system that keeps trees and berry plantings healthy from the get-go. This session will also include discussions on successful marketing strategies for the holistic orchard. The morning will consist of indoor classroom time, and in the afternoon the group will head to a nearby orchard for some more applied learning "in the field."
*Commercial orchardists or any farmer who is just beginning or looking to add fruit to their operation.

***Online registration is now closed. Day-of registrations welcome!***

Many thanks to the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture & Fisheries for their support of this event.