City Fruit’s intensive program in urban fruit tree care begins again November 2016. Participants will learn the fundamentals of fruit tree care and assist neighbors and community members in maintaining healthy trees. City Fruit will train fruit tree experts who can, in turn, teach their neighbors—an efficient and effective way to improve the health and productivity of urban fruit trees. We’re seeking people willing to commit time and energy to learning about urban fruit tree care and to sharing this knowledge with others. No prior experience required. Upon completion of community service hours, stewards become certified by City Fruit.
2017 Class Details
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Workshops consist of lectures, class discussion, field demonstrations, mentoring and hands-on fieldwork. Topics include pruning fruit trees, fruit tree health, pest/disease prevention, site analysis, planting and care of young trees, and mentoring others on fruit tree care.
Each workshop session will have a required homework component that may take three to eight hours per month. Homework includes readings, tree observation, and planning, and working with fruit tree owners. You will ‘adopt’ a fruit tree to observe and maintain during the course of the program and will work with the fruit tree owner to educate them about best practices.
The program consists of eight, 6-hour workshops on urban fruit tree care held on one Saturday each month (except December) from 10 am – 4 pm. There is $150 program fee due upon acceptance into the program. Limited scholarships and payment options are available and encouraged for neighbors in need (please inquire).
2016:: November 12
2017:: January 14 February 18 March 18 April 15 May 13
Many workshops will be held at the City Fruit office in South Lake Union, and others will be held in the field in urban orchards. The workshops will be conducted in English.
You will be expected to use your skills by helping to maintain fruit trees in the community. After the end of the formal training period, you will commit to pruning three fruit trees and coaching seven fruit tree owners – either one-on-one, by teaching a class, or by doing a guided demonstration. The post-training commitment should take about 40 hours over the following year.