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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! 


Winter Pruning
Saturday January 31st, 10am - 1pm
NE Portland, Hazelwood neighborhood


Winter Pruning
Sunday February 15th, 1pm - 4pm
SE Portland, Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood


Espalier Pruning & Training
Saturday February 21st, 10am - 1pm
SE Portland, Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood


Pollinators Workshop
Sunday February 22nd, 1pm - 4pm
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood


Winter Pruning
Saturday February 28th, 10am - 1pm
SW Portland, Collins View 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: 
Jeff Moore grew up in the tree industry, learning the trade from his father in Colorado. He started his first tree service in 1998 in Colorado and then relocated to Portland in 2000 to start Urban Forest Pro. As the Head of Sales & Career Development, Jeff is in charge of modeling and training new arborists. Urban Forest Pro is run with a focus on education for both its arborists and its customers. Jeff is an ISA-certified arborist and has over 24 years of experience in the arboriculture industry.  He is happy for this opportunity to share his tree knowledge!

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

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Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)


Young Fruit Trees & Berries: Planning, Selection, Planting, & Care
Saturday March 14th, 10am - 1pm
NE Portland, Cully Neighborhood

March is one of the best months to plant fruit trees and berries.  Learn which types are the best to grow in the sun, shade, and containers.  Emphasis on: organic methods, easiest to grow, most productive varieties and techniques, sustainability.

In this informative workshop you will learn the basics of fruit tree and berry selection in order to choose an appropriate variety for your space. This fun workshop will be an opportunity to gain a basic understanding of the various factors one should consider when selecting a fruit tree or berry plant for a given site. We'll do some hands-on planting together and participants will also learn some basic steps for young (0-4 yrs) tree and berry care.

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About the instructor: 
Jeffrey Harrison holds an M.A. in literary theory and has tutored writers of all ages at Street Roots, PCC – Rock Creek, and in online services.  His landscape contracting company is in its 7th year of providing consultation and building services to enhance native ecology, beauty, and sustainability.  He has also provided education and leadership to volunteers at Portland Fruit Tree Project for the past 4 years through the Tree Care Teams program.  He enjoys writing poetry and songs to sing and play on his guitar.

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

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Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)

 


Garden Tool Maintenance & Repair
Tuesday March 24th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
NE Portland, Vernon neighborhood

During this workshop, we will be going over the essentials for tool maintenance: rust removal, sharpening, oiling and proper storage. Our instructor will also address handle repair and/or replacement options. This workshop will allow the participants to learn about these techniques through visual demonstration and direct participation . We will also be going over similar techniques that can be applied to most garden tools, such as shovels, trowels, pruners, rakes, and hoes.

Instructor will provide: eye, ear, and respiratory protection; abrasives and finishes for
maintenance and repair, and info packets for participants. Participants are encouraged, but not required to bring a garden tool(s) they would like to restore (no more than 3).!

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 About the instructor: 
Brian "Huts" Hutsebout is an MFA candidate in the Applied Craft and Design program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Huts moved to Portland from Nashville, TN almost two years ago to start his quest as a graduate student in the arts. As an artist, he is interested in the impact that mass production and consumption has on the environment. It is through his profound connection to tools that Huts desires to empower individuals to make an ecological difference within their communities.

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

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 Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)


Grafting
Saturday March 28th, 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)

 


Spring Pest & Disease Management/Fruit Thinning
Wednesday May 20th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Location TBA

In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of springtime pest and disease assesment and fruit thining 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.

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

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

Click here to register now

 Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)



 

Spring Pest & Disease Management/Fruit Thinning
Saturday May 30th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
SW Portland, Washington County, off Canyon Rd

In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of springtime pest and disease assesment and fruit thining 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 >>

About the instructor: 
Jeffrey Harrison holds an M.A. in literary theory and has tutored writers of all ages at Street Roots, PCC – Rock Creek, and in online services.  His landscape contracting company is in its 7th year of providing consultation and building services to enhance native ecology, beauty, and sustainability.  He has also provided education and leadership to volunteers at Portland Fruit Tree Project for the past 4 years through the Tree Care Teams program.  He enjoys writing poetry and songs to sing and play on his guitar.

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

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

Click here to register now

 Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)


Summer Pruning
Saturday June 27th, 10:00am - 1:00pm
SW Portland

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.

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

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

Click here to register now

 Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)


Summer Pruning
Wednesday July 8th, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Portland, location TBA

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: 
Brian French is a Portland-based certified arborist/tree risk assessor and trainer that has worked with top-notch researchers of our time here in the US and abroad. He is the Oregon State Coordinator for the Champion Tree Registry and Co-founder of a “Big Tree” advocacy non-profit called Ascending the Giants. Brian climbs and documents the largest trees of many species, and then shares the information with the public as a non-confrontational approach to better tree awareness and protection. Practicing for 17 years, he now shares his experience on the Portland Urban Forestry Commission and chairs the Heritage Tree Program.

 

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

 

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

 

Click here to register now

 

 Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)


Bud Grafting
Saturday July 18th, 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.

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

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

Click here to register now

 Workshop contribution & cancellation policy (click here)



Fall Tree Care: Pest & Disease ID/Assessment
Sunday 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.

<<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.

<<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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