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Workshop on orchards, water quality, resilience set in Pine River

The fourth in a six-part series of workshops titled Orcharding in the North will be held from 2-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, in Pine River at the Hunt Utilities Group campus.

This session will explore how people can implement productive agroforestry plantings into the landscapes to improve water quality and resilience. Topics include an overview of agroforestry practices, using native plants to diversify the orchard, a review of recent research and initiatives to develop hybrid hazelnuts for commercial production, and using the keyline system to hold water on the landscape as an asset.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore options to implement these practices on their own property.

Orcharding in the North is a three-year project to promote fruit tree production in harsh northern climates and is sponsored in part by the University of Minnesota Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership.

Cost is $25 per person, which includes dinner. For more information and to RSVP, call 218-587-2303 or email