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Learn about Integrated Pest Management (IMP) for Organic Orchards. Learn the typical pests that visit our orchard and organic methods for controlling and living with these pests. Hands-On: Help with hanging out Red Ball Traps in the afternoon. 

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Organic IPM for Apple Orchards

When:Saturday June 29th, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where:WEI’s Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Road, North Branch MN

Instructor:Jacquelyn Zita, WEI Farm Manager

Registration Fee:$40

Full Course Description:

Many people think that organic orcharding is impossible. In truth, it is difficult and labor intensive, but there are techniques that can be used to control pest populations. Learn about these methods, trapping and insect lures, and allowable botanical sprays that we can use on WEI’s organically certified orchard. The first part of the class will focus on identifiable pests, life cycles of these insects, a few of our typical disease problems, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods we can use on our orchard. “IPM” means that we start with the least intrusive methods and graduate step-by-step to move to more aggressive methods if the more benign and preventative methods do not work.  We never surpass the threshold of what is allowed for true organic orcharding .i.e. no petro-chemical pesticides or fungicides or anti-biotics. Learn about organic IPM care for your apple trees. Join us for an afternoon hanging out with Red Ball Traps on Amador Hill Orchard. 

Instructor(s) Bio:  

Jacquelyn Zita is a co-founder of WEI and WEI’s Amador Hill Farm Manager and Education Director. She has worked on the old orchard on Amador Hill for more than 15 years, starting with an overgrown abandoned orchard full of healthy populations of pests and other creatures. Over the years, restoration and replanting have been used for rejuvenating a now thriving organically certified apple orchard. Jacquelyn is a Chisago County Master Gardener and a retired professor emeritafrom University of Minnesota, where she taught for and chaired the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies. Jacquelyn has a  Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University, St. Louis, and over 10 years’ experience managing the WEI’s Amador Hill Farm. As a young girl, she aspired to become an entomologist which to some extent has come true in living with the insect world on Amador Hill. 

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