NorthWoods and Eden Ciders announce Apple Workshop Series

in Charleston/Newport/News/Outdoors

CHARLESTON — Northwoods Stewardship Center and Eden Specialty Ciders recently announced a series of workshops celebrating one of the most important tree fruits of the northeast.

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Apple Tree Pruning, led by Ben Applegate, orchard manager at Eden Specialty Ciders, will be held at NorthWoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston on March 29, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and will cover the why, when and how to prune apple trees, comparing orchard versus wildlife goals, and giving participants a chance to practice pruning.

Orchard Care on May 31, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. will be a primer on the care and maintenance of an apple orchard.

Ben Applegate will lead participants on a tour through the Eden Orchard in West Charleston, discussing topics such as fertilization, holistic spray materials & schedule, thinning fruit, biological mowing, pests and disease concerns, and winter preparation.

At Intro to Cider making on September 13, participants will join Garrett Huber, cider maker at Eden Specialty Ciders in West Charleston from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. as he discusses the basics of cider making, leading participants through grinding and pressing methods, wild versus inoculated ferments, cleaning and sanitation, carbonation, and bottling.

The cost is $20 per workshop or $50 for all three workshops.

Organizers ask those interested to pre-register online at events.northwoodscenter.org or by contacting NorthWoods at (802)723-6551 ext 302 or emailing forestry@northwoodscenter.org.

Although several recent workshops and walks at NorthWoods have been canceled in light of the developing COVID-19 situation, the March 29 event is still scheduled.

This could be subject to change, depending on the current situation.

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