Learn Where to Plant Your Apple Orchard Friday, February 9, at Audubon

If you are making plans to start a home orchard, you can improve your success by participating in Audubon Community Nature Center’s “Apples All Year Long: Site Selection.” Wednesday, February 7, is the deadline to make reservations for the workshop on Friday afternoon, February 9.

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Audubon Community Nature Center is presenting a workshop to encourage you to plant your own home orchard and to provide the information to get you off to a good start.

“Apples All Year Long: Site Selection” is Friday, February 9, 2018, 2 to 4 p.m. Orchardist Al Yelvington will give you information to help you evaluate your site to determine where to plant your trees and let you know what preparation is needed.

Apple trees are hardy, but they will benefit from having the best placement in your landscape. Different varieties have different tolerances and preferences in regards to pH, soil nutrients, soil types, drainage, and sun. You will learn about ones that may be more suitable to the land you already have. Choosing varieties that thrive in your existing conditions sets you up for early success.

While the workshop is designed for those just thinking of starting an orchard for personal use, you can expect some good tidbits for even the experienced orchardist.

Al Yelvington is a fairly recent transplant to the area after retiring from 33 years in the Coast Guard. He started his cider orchard, Happy Dog Farm outside Russell, Pa., to provide juice specifically for hard cider makers. Yelvington is in his second year in the Virginia Tech Online Masters in Agriculture and Life Sciences (OMALS), focusing on pest and weed management. Happy Dog Farm includes a community cider mill that is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The fee for the program is $16 or $12 for Nature Center members. Paid reservations are required by Wednesday, February 7, 2018, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or online through the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.