Mass Aggie Seminar Focuses on Growing and Pruning Grapes

AMHERST, Mass. – A workshop on “Growing and Pruning Grapes” is being offered Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ward’s Berry Farm, 614 S. Main St. in Sharon as part of the Mass Aggie Seminars conducted by the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and Center for Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Grapes are one of the most universally enjoyed fruits available. Many of the new varieties have excellent taste, are winter-hardy, and can make excellent wine. Grapes are fun to grow but present some challenges.

Led by Sonia Schloemann, the workshop will help participants through the basics and give them the tools to overcome some of the challenges. Specific topics will include selecting varieties, planting, fertilizing, controlling pests, pruning and vine training. Participants will have the opportunity to conduct actual pruning and gain both experience and confidence in pruning and training grapes in order to produce a bountiful crop.

The cost is $50. Register and pay by credit card online at UMassGarden.com.