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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 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

Grape Expectations: Organic Viticulture in South-Central Indiana

Learn how to grow grapes organically in a challenging environment. Home grape production for juice, wine, and eating out of hand offers many rewards. Grapevines also offer landscaping possibilities that can transform outdoor spaces into inviting living areas. Topics covered include site selection, soil preparation, cultivar selection, trellising, pruning, animal pests, and disease prevention and control. Rain date is 10/1; participants will be notified if rain date is necessary. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, orchard educator

Sa 9/24 · 2-4 p.m.
Register by 9/22 at 2 p.m.
FREE
Bloomington Community Orchard, 2120 South Highland Avenue across from the YMCA.

Grow Up! The Proper Trellising of Different Fruit-Bearing Plants

Trellising provides numerous benefits for fruit production, including more effective air circulation, better insulation, easier disease control, and more convenient harvesting. In addition, trellises can add structure to the orchard and contribute to the beauty of the landscape. Learn which trellising techniques work best for different fruiting plants and how to create effective and inexpensive trellises for the home orchard. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, orchard educator

Sa 10/8 · 2-4 p.m.
Register by 10/6 at 2 p.m.
FREE
Bloomington Community Orchard, 2120 South Highland Avenue across from the YMCA.

Fall Planting of Pome Fruit Trees

Learn how to plant apple, pear, and other pome fruit trees in fall in order to get a head start on the growing season. In this hands-on class, students learn to select a site, prepare the soil, plant, and stake fruit trees in fall. The class will plant a tree during the class, so please dress appropriately for the weather and for the work. The proper planting of fruit trees is the first step to success and an investment in a future that can span many decades with bountiful harvests. The rain date is 11/12; participants will be notified if rain date is necessary. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, orchard educator

Sa 11/5 · 2-4 p.m.
Register by 11/3 at 2 p.m.
FREE
Bloomington Community Orchard, 2120 South Highland Avenue across from the YMCA.