Learn all about fruit trees, how to care for them and how they provide food security to local communities at this OrchardKeeper workshop.

Bridging the Gap’s Heartland Tree Alliance and The Giving Grove are partnering on this two-day class that delves into food security, food deserts, tree care and biology, soil and basic fruit biology, site suitability, species selection, proper planting techniques, common insects and diseases, pest control methods, fruit management and pruning.

The course includes six hours of classroom learning and three hours of fruit tree pruning. The classroom training is from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18 at the Anita B Gorman Discovery Center, Kansas City, MO. The hands-on pruning field day will be held from 10 a.m. – noon on Wednesday, February 19 at a Giving Grove orchard near the UMKC campus in Kansas City, MO.

OrchardKeepers are asked to donate eight hours of volunteer time to The Giving Grove to help care for its 100-plus orchards. The workshop fee is $50.

For more information and registration, go to Heartland Tree Alliance or contact Sarah Crowder at sarah.crowder@briegingthegap.org.

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