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Tree Care Workshops

Learn how you can improve the health and productivity of your fruit trees. PFTP's hands-on workshops are fun opportunities to learn basic methods of organic fruit tree care.

Workshops are open to anyone, but pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

Standard workshop fee is $25. Sliding scale options are available for those who feel unable to contribute at that level. In addition, a limited amount of full scholarships and work-trade scholarships are available.
Tree care workshops (except for the Grafting workshop) are free of charge for tree owners who have fruit trees registered with us, though contributions are gladly accepted! 



Young Fruit Trees & Berries: Selection, Planning, Planting & Care
Wednesday January 29th, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood


Espalier Training & Pruning
Saturday February 1st, 10:00am-1:00pm
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood


Winter Pruning
Saturday February 15th, 10:00am-1:00pm
NE Portland, Cully neighborhood


Pollinators!
Sunday February 16th, 10:00am-1:00pm
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood


Winter Pruning
Saturday February 22nd, 1:00pm-4:00pm
SE Portland, South Tabor neighborhood


Winter Pruning
Sunday February 23rd, 10:00am-1:00pm
SW Portland, Washington County, off Canyon Rd.


Grafting
Saturday March 22nd, 10:00am-1:00pm
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood


Garden Tool Maintenance & Repair
Saturday March 22nd, 3:00pm-6:00pm
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood


Spring Pest & Disease Management/Fruit Thinning
Tuesday May 20th, 5:30pm-8:30pm
SE Portland, Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoood

In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of springtime pest and disease assesment and fruit thinning to increase the health and abundance of local fruit trees! This fun workshop will be an opportunity to gain a basic understanding of the different types of pests and diseases commonly found in the Portland area as well as the importance and how-to of fruit thinning. If you have samples of pest and/or disease affected fruit, leaves, or twigs - please bring them to the workshop in a sealed container so we can try to ID them.

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About the instructor:

Heidi Noordijk studied horticulture at Michigan State University and Cornell University - specializing in pomology (tree fruits). Heidi has participated in research projects involving apple tree physiology, berry production, and tree fruit entomology. Heidi has also worked on various orchards and farms in the PNW and east coast.Heidi currently works for OSU's Small Farms program.

The location address and other details will be provided after you register.

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 Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)


Spring Pest & Disease Management/Fruit Thinning
Sunday June 1st, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
NE Portland, East Columbia neighborhood

In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of springtime pest and disease assesment and fruit thinning to increase the health and abundance of local fruit trees! This fun workshop will be an opportunity to gain a basic understanding of the different types of pests and diseases commonly found in the Portland area as well as the importance and how-to of fruit thinning. If you have samples of pest and/or disease affected fruit, leaves, or twigs - please bring them to the workshop in a sealed container so we can try to ID them.

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About the instructor:

Heidi Noordijk studied horticulture at Michigan State University and Cornell University - specializing in pomology (tree fruits). Heidi has participated in research projects involving apple tree physiology, berry production, and tree fruit entomology. Heidi has also worked on various orchards and farms in the PNW and east coast.Heidi currently works for OSU's Small Farms program.

The location address and other details will be provided after you register.

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 Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)


Summer Pruning
Saturday June 28th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
SW Portland, Maplewood neighborhood


In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of summer pruning in order to increase the health and abundance of local fruit trees! Summer Pruning is a great time to de-invigorate an overgrown tree and encourage the continued development of fruiting laterals.This fun workshop will be an opportunity to gain a basic understanding of the different types of pruning cuts and when these cuts should be used.

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About the instructor: 
Ben Gibson has been working with trees since he was a skidder operator as a teenager. Since 2008, he has been working in the urban arboriculture field. He has taken on the roles of ISA Certified Climbing Arborist, Crew Lead, and Salesman. In April 2013, he started his own small business as "The Tree Nerd." This allows his to focus on the beauty and long term health of trees. He specializes in ornamental pruning of all kinds, and is happy to share his passion and knowledge of trees with any who will listen.

The location address and other details will be provided after you register.

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Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here) 


Summer Pruning
Tuesday July 15th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
SE Portland, Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood

In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of summer pruning in order to increase the health and abundance of local fruit trees! Summer Pruning is a great time to de-invigorate an overgrown tree and encourage the continued development of fruiting laterals.This fun workshop will be an opportunity to gain a basic understanding of the different types of pruning cuts and when these cuts should be used.
 
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About the instructor: 

Monica Maggio's mission is to continually harness and cultivate her inner plant nerd in ways that benefit the greater Portland metro community. As a Master Gardener & OSU Extensions Services instructor, former Arboretum Manager for the Home Orchard Society, and current owner of Core Home Fruit Services, she has seen firsthand how people take better care of plants once they know they can eat them! Monica is equally skilled and active outside the classroom as a professional fruit growing expert. She offers pruning, consultation, and coaching services for all tree fruits, berries, and ornamental plants. For more info on Monica's services and how she can help you grow your own fruit at home, visit: www.corehomefruit.com

The location address and other details will be provided after you register.

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Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)


Bud Grafting
Saturday July 19th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
NW Portland, Northwest District


In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basic techniques of bud grafting (budding). This method of grafting will allow you to combine different varieties and species of fruit into a single tree more quickly and with greater success rates than other grafting methods. This fun workshop will be an opportunity for you to gain a basic understanding of different bud grafting methods and when they should be used.
 
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About the instructor: 
Rick Shory has always worked with plants. In addition to gardening, he has grown and pruned fruit trees, including over 30 years experience grafting. In 2010, he returned to the Pacific Northwest after ten years in Colorado, where he worked in environmental field research and had a home orchard and permaculture. His botanical specialization is grasses.

The location address and other details will be provided after you register.

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 Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)


Fall Tree Care: Pest & Disease ID/Assessment
Saturday October 25th, 10am - 1pm
Location TBA

In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of fall tree care and pest and disease management in order to increase the health and abundance of local fruit trees! This fun workshop will be an opportunity to gain a basic understanding of the different types of tree fruit pests and diseases in the Portland area and what you can do about them in the fall. Please bring samples of pests or diseased wood/fruit from your own trees for identification.

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About the instructor: 
Heidi Noordijk studied horticulture at Michigan State University and Cornell University - specializing in pomology (tree fruits). Heidi has participated in research projects involving apple tree physiology, berry production, and tree fruit entomology. Heidi has also worked on various orchards and farms in the PNW and east coast.Heidi currently works for OSU's Small Farms program.

The location address and other details will be provided after you register.

Click here to register now

 Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)



Scholarships

We want everyone to be able to attend our workshops, regardless of income level. If you cannot afford the full workshop price, please include answers to the following questions with your registration email. We will make every effort to meet your need. If you have questions, call us at 503-284-6106.

Would you like to donate to our scholarship fund? Click here

Scholarship Application questions:

1) Why do you want to attend this workshop?
2) Why do you feel that you should receive a scholarship / work-trade?
3) Are you interested in work-trade? (We request 1.5 hours of volunteer time at PFTP headquarters or by arrangement with the Program Coordinator.)

 


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