October 7, 2012

Farm briefs: Oct. 7, 2012


Locally, the association hosts an annual maple school (Feb. 2, 2013 at the Brushton/Moira Central School), supports booths at the county fairs, participates in the statewide Maple Weekend and provides educational and networking opportunities through three to four meetings per year.

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Free Christmas Tree Farming Workshop offered

BRAINARDSVILLE — A free pre-season Christmas tree growing workshop is being offered on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Red Barn Christmas Tree Farm in Brainardsville, a well-known Franklin County “choose and cut” tree farm operated by Joyce and Richard King. The event is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The two-hour workshop will include a walking tour and discussion about the King family Christmas tree farm operation with a focus on what they grow, how they market, value-added products that they sell, and a history of their business. The session includes Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques for disease, insect and weed management; and things to consider when starting a Christmas tree growing business such as site selection, obtaining and caring for planting stock and cultural practices such as planting and spacing, shaping and shearing, maintenance and equipment.

Cornell Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Ornamentals Specialist Betsy Lamb will be the guest presenter.

This is an opportunity to look at stands of production trees in different stages of development, to speak with experienced growers and to ask questions of both the growers and Lamb.

For experienced growers, this will be an opportunity to brush up on current insect and disease-management strategies for pests found on Christmas-tree farms in the region and for future Christmas tree growers to become familiar with management requirements and techniques for successful production and sales.

For additional information or to register, email or call 483-7403.

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