You can take the first step to starting your own apple orchard at “Apples All Year Long: Choosing Varieties,” a workshop offered by Audubon Community Nature Center.
On Friday, January 5, 2018, 2 to 4 p.m., orchardist Al Yelvington will use your sight, taste, smell, and a lesson to help you decide which apple varieties you want in your home orchard.
Selecting the apple varieties you want to grow takes time, but this class will help you come up with a methodology as well as letting you taste some different types of apples. Yelvington and others will share personal knowledge as well as the common traits of apple varieties.
There is much to consider when choosing which apples you want, such as flavor, what you intend to use them for, when they ripen, disease resistance and more. The best way to decide is to learn about the characteristics of apples and taste as many as possible.
This class will provide you written and spoken information, resource guides, sources, and some tastes of different varieties. While it is designed for those just thinking of starting an orchard for personal use, you can expect some good tidbits for even the experienced orchardist.
Al Yelvington is a fairly recent transplant to the area after retiring from 33 years in the Coast Guard. He started his cider orchard, Happy Dog Farm outside Russell, Pa., to provide juice specifically for hard cider makers. Yelvington is in his second year in the Virginia Tech Online Masters in Agriculture and Life Sciences (OMALS), focusing on pest and weed management. Happy Dog Farm includes a community cider mill that is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
The fee for the program is $16 or $12 for Nature Center members. Paid reservations are required by Tuesday, January 2, 2018, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or online through the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.
Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit the Programs page at auduboncnc.org
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.