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The Community Gardening program offers a variety of gardening and orchard management classes. For more information, contact Robin Kitowski 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 offer Community Orchard classes 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 and the Bloomington Community Orchard

Selecting Disease-Resistant Fruit Trees

Learn how to select fruit trees that are resistant to diseases in order to facilitate tree care, increase productivity, and improve fruit quality. In Indiana, diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, and viruses make fruit production challenging. Selecting cultivars that exhibit resistance to the most problematic diseases helps to make fruit production more successful without the use of expensive and hazardous synthetic chemicals. the class covers how to evaluate disease threats, how to choose cultivars and rootstocks with appropriate resistances, and where to obtain resistant trees. For ages 18 yrs. and up. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, orchard educator

Sa 1/28 · 2-4 p.m.
Register online here.
FREE
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

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 plac eint he orchard, so wear clothing appropriate for the weather. The rain/snow date is 3/4. Participants will be notified if the use of the rain/snow date is required. for ages 18 yrs. and up. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, orchard educator

Sa 2/25 · 2-4 p.m.
Register online here.
FREE
Bloomington Community Orchard, 2120 South Highland Avenue across from the YMCA.