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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, visit the Bloomington Community Orchard Web site and reserve your seat at least 48 hours before the class.

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

Dormant Pruning of Fruit Trees

Learn how to prune fruit trees during dormancy in order to improve structure, stimulate growth, keep trees healthy, and increase productivity. In this hands-on class, participants both learn and practice proper pruning techniques. The class takes place in the orchard, so wear clothing appropriate for the weather. The rain/snow date is 3/8. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, orchard educator

Sa 2/27 · 2-4 p.m.
Register by 2/25 at 2 p.m.
FREE
Bloomington Community Orchard, South Highland Avenue across from the YMCA.

Unusual Fruits

The class introduces participants to delicious, productive, and nutritious fruits that grow well in our area, but are not well known here. The class covers a variety of unfamiliar fruits and offers tips on where to purchase plants and how to grow them successfully. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, orchard educator

Sa 3/26 · 2-4 p.m.
Register by 3/24 at 2 p.m.
FREE
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Soil Health for Fruit Trees

Learn how soil health affects the growth, health, productivity, and longevity of fruit trees. Soil is the biologically and chemically active medium from which trees derive water and important nutrients. Assuring the health of that medium helps trees to thrive. Participants learn how to monitor, preserve, and improve the health of the soil that supports fruit trees through easy and inexpensive methods in this hands-on class. The class takes place in the orchard, so wear clothing appropriate for the weather. The rain date is 4/16. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, orchard educator

Sa 4/9 · 2-4 p.m.
Register by 4/7 at 2 p.m.
FREE
Bloomington Community Orchard, South Highland Avenue across from the YMCA.