Mass Aggie Seminar Offers Hands-on Training in Home Orchard Basics and Pest Management


AMHERST, Mass. – Mass Aggie Seminars, a series of hands-on workshops on home gardening topics will present two workshops on “Home Orchard Establishment and Basics” and “Home Orchard Pest Management” on Saturday, April 8 at Dowse Orchards, 98 North Main St., Sherborn.

The session on home orchard establishment will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the session on pest management will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dan Cooley of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and Jon Clements of UMass Extension will lead both sessions.

“Home Orchard Establishment and Basics” will cover horticultural basics of planting fruit trees, including site selection, choice of variety and rootstock, planting best practices, tree training and pruning, fertilization and ongoing fruit tree care. If weather permits, there will be a hands-on demonstration of planting fruit trees.

“Home Orchard Pest Management” will cover the basics of pest and disease identification and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the home orchard. Hands-on, scouting, monitoring, placement of traps and other topics will also be covered. The workshop will be held out of doors, so participants should dress appropriately for potentially wet, cold and muddy conditions.

The cost of each seminar is $45, or participants can register for both workshops at a discounted rate of $80. Register at