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Farm Workshop Series

Learn to prune trees, grow mushrooms, and enhance permaculture
Spring Term 2012 - Beech Hill Farm

From tree pruning to mushroom growing to permaculture, College of the Atlantic's Beech Hill Farm is offering a full slate of farm and garden related workshops this spring.

The first one is a pruning workshop on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Phil Norris of Clay Field Farm in Blue Hill. The workshop, which costs $10, is a hands-on experience pruning century-old apple trees at the farm. Learn about tree health, while trimming water sprouts. A farmhouse potluck picnic follows. Scholarships are available.

Additional workshops are as follows:

  • Mushroom Workshop: Wednesday, April 25 from 3:30-6:30 p.m.: COA 2010 alumnus Jerzy Skupny leads a session in mushroom Log Inoculation, a means of cultivating gourmet mushrooms. Potluck dinner follows. Free
  • Permaculture Workshop: Sunday, May 6 from 2 to 6 p.m.: Learn to create your own polycultural system - a diversity of plants working together to create what is known as a guild. Whether your garden is a thimble-sized back yard, a 10-acre garden or a 100-acre agroforestry site, permaculture can promote holistic health. Beech Hill staff will lead the workshop, along with a guest lecturer. Potluck follows. Free.
  • Hugel Mound-making and Permaculture Design: Saturday, May 19 from 1 to 6 p.m.: Learn while you create Hugel mounds, an ancient Eastern European way of mimicking the nutrients and fertility of the forest, used to develop orchards, bring the woody edge to open spaces, and provide nutrients for growing trees and plants. Information will be provided on sheet mulching, planting of nutrient dynamic accumulators, fruits and nuts, insect attracting flowers, and more. Rain Date May 26.

Additionally, the farm will host the second annual Maypole celebration Sunday April 29.

Registration is requested for the workshops. For more information, directions, or to register, contact Bronwyn Clement at bclement@coa.edu, or Beech Hill Farm at 244-5204, or 288-5015, BeechHillFarm@coa.edu.


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