Thursday, May 30, 2013

NOFA's First Advanced Workshop of the Season is June 25 in New London

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut’s Organic Land Care Program has scheduled an advanced workshop with Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard and owner of Lost Nation Orchard in Groveton, New Hampshire.  The workshop, titled “Practical Orchard Health with Michael Phillips” is for all levels of apple growers: professional producers, land care professionals offering edible landscaping services and advanced gardeners looking to grow apples in their yards.  The workshop is on June 25 from 10:00am to 4:00pm, with the class meeting at Connecticut College for the first portion and moving outdoors to Hidden Brook Gardens in Ledyard, Connecticut for instruction in the field. 

During the classroom portion in 101 New London Hall at 270 Mohegan Avenue in New London, Phillips will teach about building a healthy soil food web to promote soil fertility and healthy roots in an orchard.  Phillips will then discuss organic management of common orchard pests. 

After a catered lunch, the group will carpool to 551 Colonel Ledyard Highway, Ledyard in Hidden Brook Gardens to Lyman Orchards, Connecticut’s only organically certified orchard.  Anita Kopchinski and Bill Sokol, owners of Hidden Brook Gardens will share their experiences taking on management of the orchard and the certification process.  Phillips will then lead the walk through the orchard pointing out clues to the orchard’s health, companion plantings, groundcover options and pollinator habitat.

“Practical Orchard Health” is organized by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program in collaboration with our partners in sustainability and education, Connecticut College, Hidden Brook Gardens and Soil Food Web New York.  The workshop is $125 for NOFA members or Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals and $140 for regular admission.  To reserve a space and receive lunch, please register before June 11, though registration will remain open until filled. For more information and registration please visit  Those with questions are also welcome to call the NOFA Organic Land Care Office at 203-888-5146.