With spring on the horizon, those interested in learning how to prune and manage fruit trees plus the role of pollinators are invited to a special workshop sponsored by area Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offices.  The event is being held on Tuesday, March 28th at Apples on the Avenue, 3035 Addison Blvd (Hwy 218) south of Nashua.  The farm’s operators Darin and Arlene Enderton, run a successful fruit orchard and small farm business, and represent a method for entering agriculture through a prior owner with his guidance.  Arlene also works for ISU Extension and Outreach is assessing and measuring statewide local food groups.
Guest speakers will include Patrick O’Malley, ISU Extension and Outreach Horticulturalist from Iowa City, who will discuss and demonstrate how to prune young and mature fruit trees to promote heathy trees and fruit production.  Discussing the role of pollinators in our food chain and especially in fruit production will be Ron Lenth, ISU Extension Program Educator from Tripoli.
The program will start with registration and a light meal from 4:30-5pm, with the program to start afterwards in their sales building, and then out to the orchard, weather permitting.  The $15 cost includes the meal, registration, and program handouts.  While not required, registering with the Chickasaw County Extension office (641-394-2174) will aid with meal and material planning.

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