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Fruit tree pruning workshop to be held April 18 in Staples

A fruit tree pruning workshop will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Central Lakes College Ag and Energy Center Field Office, Staples.

The instructor is horticulturist/fruit scientist Thaddeus McCamant with Central Lakes College. He will discuss the basic techniques of pruning and training apple and plum trees.

Participants will be given the opportunity to prune live trees at the demonstration orchard, which includes multiple varieties of vigorous and low vigor apples and plums.

Also, viticulture instructor Dennis Emslie Drummond will provide a brief introduction to pruning wine grapes.

This is the second in a series of workshops on orchard management in cold climates.

Cost is $15 per person, $20 per farm/orchard. Pre-registration is required. Send checks payable to “Green Island, Pruning Workshop” and mail to Green Island, 850 Sheer Drive N.E., Wadena, MN, 56482.

Workshop is limited to 25 people.

For more information, contact Kent Scheer at or 218-631-3084 between 7-11 p.m. or Jim Chamberlin at

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