21 Acres is offering two classes in May as part of its continuing education series, Growing, Eating, Living. Bees in the Field: Hive Inspection will be offered Saturday, May 14, and Fruit Tree Espalier is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, both at the 21 Acres Farm.
Bees in the Field: Hive Inspection - Saturday, May 14, 1 to 3 p.m.
An outdoor, hands-on class. Participants will learn how to inspect new and established hives; identify healthy and unhealthy hives and be proactive with natural management techniques to prevent and treat common ailments for honeybees in the Pacific Northwest.
Instructor is 21 Acres beekeeper, Grant Carr. Carr is an active member of the Northwest Beekeeping Association (NWDBA) and "barefoot beekeeping" communities. Class fee is $25.
Fruit Tree Espalier Class: - Saturday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Espalier, training trees in two dimensional forms, is an ancient art often used for growing fruit trees, not only for its beauty, but to increase fruit quality, save garden space and reduce maintenance.
In this two and a half hour beginner’s class you will, in the first hour, learn how different types of fruit trees grow and fruit and the basics of good pruning.
With this knowledge, you will then be equipped to learn, in the one and one half hour following, how to select the growing form that is right for you and your new fruit trees and how to get them off to a healthy start with good placement, pruning, training and ongoing care.
Instructor is Ingela Wanerstrand, owner of Green Darner Garden Design, specializing in edible landscapes with more than 15 years experience professionally pruning fruit trees.
Warnerstrand will be focusing mostly on espalier forms and demonstrating on live trees.
You are welcome to skip the first hour if you already know the basics. Class fee is $25.