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The Community Gardening program offers a variety of gardening and orchard management classes. For more information, contact Robin Hobson or call (812) 349-3704.

Participants are notified if use of the rain date is necessary.

The Community Gardening Program and the Bloomington Community Orchard are pleased to announce that all Community Orchard classes are provided free to the community, as part of our continued dedication to making healthy food available to all. To register, e-mail at least 48 hours before the class. Include your name, phone number, and e-mail.

Bloomington Community Orchard classes are co-sponsored by Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, Bloomingfoods,the Bloomington Community Orchard and Free University of Monroe County.

Organic Management of Insect Pests and Diseases in Fruit Trees

Learn how to prevent, identify, and manage insect pests and diseases that can reduce the quality of fruit, prevent a harvest, or even kill fruit trees. The class includes information on best practices in tree care, scouting for potential problems, and using organic methods of prevention and control. Students have the opportunity to practice skills learned on-site at the Bloomington Community Orchard. This is an outdoor class, so please dress appropriately for the weather. Rain date is 7/11. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, orchard educator

Sa 6/27 · 10 a.m.-noon
Register by 6/25 at 10 a.m.
Bloomington Community Orchard, South Highland Avenue across from the YMCA.

The Underground Life of Trees

After planting, we tend to think more about the aerial portion of our trees than about the roots, but much of a tree's life happens underground. Understanding the growth of roots is key to assuring the long-term success of our trees. The class covers assessment of planting sites, soil improvement, root feeding and protection, mycorrhizal fungi, and enhancing and maintaining the soil food web, as well as providing fascinating insights into what goes on in the underground life of trees. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, orchard educator

Sa 7/25 · 2-4 p.m.
Register by 7/23 at 10 a.m.
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.