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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 Whip Grafting workshop) are free of charge for tree owners who have fruit trees registered with us, though contributions are gladly accepted! 


Espalier Pruning & Training
Saturday January 30th, 10am - 1pm
SE Portland, Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood


Winter Pruning
Saturday February 13th, 1pm - 4pm
SW Portland, Maplewood neighborhood

In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of winter pruning 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 pruning cuts and when these cuts should be used. You'll also be able to gain some practice pruning under skilled supervision.

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About the instructor: 

Noah Oak Marquis is the ISA certified owner/ operator of Trees to Soil, LLC - a professional tree care service with a biodynamic heart, and permaculture mind.  Over the years Noah has worked as an organic grower of avocados and citrus in Hawaii, apples in Japan, and as a tree preservationist and climbing arborist in central Kentucky.  Before moving to Portland four years ago Noah worked as an arboricultural consultant in costal  Ecuador helping with conservation, agroforestry research, and a permaculture installation in the highly threatened Chaco-Manabi biodiversity corridor. Currently Noah lives west of Portland with his beautiful wife, and three children. He is the Land Steward for Swallowtail Waldorf School and Farm, and continues to work with trees all the time.

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

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 Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)

 

Winter Pruning
Saturday February 20th, 10am - 1pm
NE Portland, Hazelwood neighborhood

In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of winter pruning 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 pruning cuts and when these cuts should be used. You'll also be able to gain some practice pruning under skilled supervision.

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About the instructor: 

John Ryan is an ISA Certified Arborist with Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) and owns Limb by Limb, a professional arborist service based in the Alberta Arts neighborhood. 

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

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 Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)

 

Winter Pruning
Sunday February 21st, 10am - 1pm
NE Portland, East Columbia neighborhood

In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of winter pruning 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 pruning cuts and when these cuts should be used. You'll also be able to gain some practice pruning under skilled supervision.

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About the instructor: 

Jim Wentworth-Plato:  I am a Board Certified Master Arborist living in Northeast Portland with a few apples, grapes, raspberries and blueberries on my property. I've pruned trees professionally the last 19 years with Emerald Tree. I help people of all ages understand the interactions within our environment, and how we alter it, for better and worse.

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

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 Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)

 

Pollinators
Sunday February 28th, 1pm - 4pm
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood

 
Pollinators serve an important role in our local food web. More specifically, we need them in order for our fruit trees to produce bountiful fruit sets! In this hands-on workshop, you will gain a basic understanding of bee-keeping, learn about the life of bees, how to construct mason bee habitats, and which plants are favorable for attracting pollinators. For the hands-on portion of this workshop, we'll be cleaning mason bee cocoons and assembling mason bee habitats that will be installed at our 2016 Community Orchard sites.  Additionally, every participant will get to take home cocoons, paper tubes for starter bee homes, and pollinator friendly flower seeds.

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About the instructors:

Jen Davis lives in Portland with her two kids and husband.  She is an artist, writer, filmmaker and urban farmer.  She grows 16 kinds of fruit, and nearly one half of her family's vegetable supply.  She also keeps ducks, and has raised Mason bees for ten years.  She teaches Mason bee workshops from home and at schools throughout the region.

 Madelyn Morris is a Portland-based educator and co-owns Mickelberry Gardens, LLC with her husband. The start-up company is developing a product line based on locally harvested herbs, raw honey, beeswax, and other hive products from the couple’s steadily growing honeybee apiary in southeast Portland - where humane, ethical, and organic beekeeping methods are always utilized. Madelyn is happy to share her enthusiasm for honeybees and other pollinating insects, and promotes deepening our relationship with these fascinating and helpful creatures. www.mickelberrygardens.com

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

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 Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)

 

Whip Grafting
Saturday March 26th, 10am - 1pm
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood

 
In this fun, hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of grafting, the most common method of fruit tree propagation. Learn why and how grafting is done, what root stock and scion wood are and which ones to use. You'll get to bring home a fruit tree that you grafted yourself and come away ready to propagate more fruit trees on your own! Additional trees & rootstocks will also be available for purchase at the workshop.

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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 garden. 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)

 

Bark Grafting
Saturday April 2nd, 10am - 1pm
NE Portland, Woodlawn neighborhood

 

In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basic techniques of bark grafting (topworking). This method of grafting will allow you to combine different varieties and species of fruit into a single tree during the Spring season. This fun workshop will be an opportunity for you to gain a basic understanding of different 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)

 

Spring Tree Care: Pest & Disease Management/Fruit Thinning
Tuesday May 17th, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
SE Portland, Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood


In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of springtime pest and disease assessment 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 Tree Care: Pest & Disease Management/Fruit Thinning
Sunday May 22nd, 1pm - 4pm
SW Portland, Washington County, off Canyon Rd


In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of springtime pest and disease assessment 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

<<Click here to register now>>

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 25th, 10am - 1pm
NE Portland, East Columbia 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:

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 Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)

 

Summer Pruning
Tuesday July 12th, 6pm - 8:30pm
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 instructors:

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)

 
Bud Grafting
Saturday July 16th, 10am - 1pm
SE Portland, Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood


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.

<<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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