BRAINARDSVILLE - A free pre-season Christmas tree growing workshop is being offered at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Red Barn Christmas Tree Farm in Brainardsville, a well-known Franklin County "choose and cut" tree farm operated by Joyce and Richard King.
The event is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension.
The two-hour workshop will include a walking tour and discussion about the King family Christmas tree farm operation with a focus on what they grow, how they market, value added products that they sell, and a history of their business; integrated pest management techniques for disease, insect and weed management; things to consider before and when starting a Christmas tree growing business like site selection, obtaining and caring for planting stock and cultural practices (planting and spacing, shaping and shearing, maintenance and equipment).
Cornell Integrated Pest Management Ornamentals Specialist Betsy Lamb will be a guest presenter.
This is an opportunity to look at stands of production trees in different stages of development, to speak with experienced growers and to ask questions of both the growers and Lamb.
For experienced growers, this will be an excellent opportunity to brush up on current insect and disease management strategies for common and some not-so-common pests found on Christmas tree farms in the region, and for future Christmas tree growers to become familiar with management requirements and techniques for successful production and sales.
For additional information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-483-7403.
The workshop is free and open to the public, and it is anticipated that one state Department of Environmental Conservation pesticide applicator recertification credit will be available for attendees needing recertification credits.
Organizers advise that attendees dress for the weather.