Fruit TreeKeepers class
- 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
- Ages 14+
Trees Forever is looking for volunteers who want to be active in their community and are interested in learning the basics of fruit and nut tree care. Fruit TreeKeepers is a group of trained volunteers who take care of local fruit orchards, and the newest recruits will be trained at Trees Forever’s Fruit TreeKeeper class series on Wednesday, October 16th and 23rd.
“Working with food-bearing trees is empowering! We need locally grown, nutritional food in order to grow a healthy, sustainable community, and Fruit TreeKeepers is a great way to engage in the sustainability movement.” Trees Forever Field Coordinator Aaron Brewer said. “Trees Forever plants fruit trees in community gardens throughout several of Iowa's urban areas, and now we offer training to give volunteers a better understanding of the special care these trees require.”
The Trees Forever Fruit TreeKeepers training is split into two evenings, October 16 and 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The first session will take place at the new Trees Forever Training Center, located at 80 West 8th Avenue in Marion. The second session will be located at Lowe Park Arts & Environmental Center, located at 4500 N 10th Street in Marion.
The course consists of classroom and hands-on training to learn:
- Tree biology
- Proper planting and maintenance
- Fruit and nut tree varieties
- Organic tree management and care, such as pruning, disease and pest control
- Harvesting techniques
Registration for the course is required and can be completed online at http://www.treesforever.org/FruitTreeKeepers. The $30 registration fee covers a light meal each evening, a Fruit TreeKeepers manual, and additional fruit and nut care educational material.
For more information, contact Aaron Brewer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 319-373-0650 ext. 114.
The Fruit TreeKeepers course is possible thanks to support from Diamond V Corporate Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, and Trees Forever Members.