Life Skills

Absolute Beginners Series: Winter Food Forest Orchard Care

Oakland, CA , United States

About Your Host

Yolanda is a mother/wife, entrepreneur and urban farmer. An avid do-it-herselfer, she is at home at her own Oakland homestead where she and her family keep chickens, bees, and learn about permaculture principles on their large urban lot, growing much of their own food. Yolanda is co-founder of Pollinate Farm & Garden, an urban farm store and homesteading emporium located in the heart of Oakland. Pollinate carries edible nursery stock (seeds, starts, fruit trees, and perennial edibles), tools and equipment for seed-to-table organic farming and gardening. Pollinate is also a purveyor of supplies for food preserving, fermentation and cheese making, small scale livestock raising and beekeeping , including baby chicks, ducks, turkeys and bees. Through its educational outreach and local workshops, Pollinate inspires our community toward a healthier and more sustainable food system by bringing it home. Learn more by visiting

What we'll do

Horticulturalist John Valenzuela is back for our series on the care of small orchards! This hands-on workshop will give participants of all levels the skills for winter care of established and stressed trees. No experience necessary! In addition to pruning essentials, we will discuss common maintenance issues, organic disease and pest management, and ways to make a garden more tree-friendly. Topics Include: Structural pruning for fruit trees, focusing on established or stressed trees; Cultural practices (cover cropping, weed management, soil fertility); Basic tool care and maintenance; Basic design principles and considerations for tree placement. After an extensive classroom discussion we'll head out to the Pollinate Farm & Garden orchard for a demonstration of pruning techniques for aesthetics and optimal fruit production. Please bring gloves and hand pruners if available. Dress for rain. ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS: John Valenzuela is a horticulturist, consultant and educator specializing in fruit trees and home gardens. He is past chairperson for the Golden Gate Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers, and the owner of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens, an educational fruit tree care consultancy. John Heenan is a backyard rare citrus grower who volunteers at the Indian Valley College Organic Farm and Garden fruit tree nursery and orchard in Marin County.



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    $75 USD

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    $75 USD

    per person