Organic Apple Field Day
This tour is intended for other farmers and orchardists.
Date: November 14, 2018, 1:00-3:30
Location: Two Onion Farm, 19638 Cottage Inn Road, Belmont WI 53510
Registration: Please register online so we know how many attendees to expect. There is no fee to attend.
Chris and Juli McGuire started Two Onion Farm in 2003 and now raise five acres of organic produce. Their 1.25 acre organic apple orchard consists of scab-resistant varieties (Pristine, Williams Pride, Liberty, Winecrisp, CrimsonCrisp, Goldrush and others) on dwarfing rootstocks. They sell the apples through a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program and to local grocery stores.
At the field day we will tour the orchard and packing shed and discuss variety selection, growing methods, pest control, post-harvest handling, and marketing. We will also focus specifically on an on-farm research project which we conducted this year: we’ve raised over 600 grafted apple trees inside a hoophouse and evaluated two organic methods for developing branches (“feathers”) in the nursery trees. Feathered planting stock is an essential part of modern high-density apple training systems but it is difficult or impossible to purchase organically grown feathered trees. We’ll discuss how we were able to raise feathered trees using organic techniques.
Chris McGuire will lead the field day. Amaya Atucha, UW-Madison Fruit Crop Extension Specialist, will attend.