Beyond Apples: Alternative Fruits for Sustainable Harvest/Organic Growing from Small Farms and Home Landscapes
Walk through the private edible landscape of renowned author and orchardist Lee Reich and learn about the wide spectrum of fruits that can be grown sustainably with little or no input needed for pest control or pruning in USDA Hardiness Zone 5 (low temps of -20° F). Participants will also learn about uncommon fruits that have commercial potential for small farms because they are easy to grow organically and have unique flavors to appeal in niche and general markets. Lee will also discuss dual-purpose plants- plants that are ornamental and bear tasty fruits- for home landscapes.
Lee Reich began growing and studying fruit 40 years ago. Since that beginning, he has earned a doctorate in horticulture with a specialty in fruit growing, worked in fruit research for Cornell University and the USDA, and grown many kinds of fruits, from the common, such as apples and pears, to the uncommon, such as gumi and medlar. His “farmden” is a testing ground for sustainable fruit growing techniques, for studying cultivation and marketing of some uncommon fruits, and for providing an abundance of fruit to Lee’s household. Lee is the author of three books on fruit growing: Uncommon Fruits for Every Garden, Landscaping with Fruit, and Grow Fruit Naturally.
Supported by USDA Risk Management Agency, Education and Community Outreach Program.
Registration: Please register by calling Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at NOFA-NYat 585-271-1979 x 509, or by registering online at http://www.tinyurl.com/nofanyevents. Registration is FREE for NOFA-NY members and $15/ non-members.