Time is running out to fill this course with sufficient students to run it this summer, so if you’re interested in developing in-depth management knowledge of apple and grape crops in Vermont, now is the time to sign up!
Details and sign up information can be found at: http://www.uvm.edu/~summer/course-detail/?crn=60531. If you have questions about signup, please feel free to contact me.
The course runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-3:00 from June 16 – July 9 at the UVM Horticulture Farm in South Burlington, VT. The course cost is $1,272, whether taken for academic credit or as non-credit. To put that into perspective, that amounts to 30 bushels of apples or one ton of grapes produced through knowledge gained in the course to pay it back.
In this course, students will develop an orchard/vineyard management plan as a final project. Past grower-students have implemented these plans on their farms to develop new plantings, attain financing, and plan business enterprises.
About PSS 195 BU3
Students will learn principles and practices of commercial orchard and vineyard crop production, including: site selection and preparation; cold hardiness development; varietal selection; tree and vine training and trellising systems; cold hardiness development; nutrient, water and pest management; harvest and postharvest considerations. Special emphasis will be placed on environmental and economic sustainability of fruit production systems. The course will cover both orchard and vineyard crops suitable for production in northern New England, and students will have opportunities to explore specific crops in greater depth if they so wish. At each course meeting, we will apply knowledge of integrated horticultural and pest management practices in a real farm setting.
“Super knowledgeable, and super on top of his game. Terry’s class is one of a kind and an invaluable resource for anybody interested in apples or grapes! It really is an incredible class and the real world application is off the charts.” – 2014 Sustainable Orchard & Vineyard Management student