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Orchard, cider making classes offered

May 11th, 2011 | Category: News

MOUNT VERNON – A one-day orchard management class about the basics of tree fruit production with emphasis on cider and dessert apple varieties will be held June 25 at the WSU Northwest Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon. Expert orchardist Gary Moulton will discuss topics on rootstock, nutrient management, pest management, irrigation, orchard layout, pruning, and harvest techniques. The class coincides with Cider Production: Principles & Practices but is open to anyone interested in learning about the essentials of orchard management. The format of the class will be a lecture and discussion followed by an optional tour of nearby Red Barn Cider and Orchard.
The Cider Production: Principles & Practices class will be held June 27 through July 1, also at the WSU Extension Center.  The Northwest Agriculture Business Center in cooperation with the WSU Extension Center is bringing internationally-recognized cider production expert Peter Mitchell to lead an intensive class in cider and perry production. Mitchell has over 26 years of practical experience in hard cider production. To register, contact Karie Christensen at (425)357-6039 or e-mail For more information on the course, contact Dave Pehling at or (425) 357-6019.

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