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Online Module: Growing Fruit in Minnesota
Minnesota Ag Connection - 09/10/2019

Learn to grow: apples, pears, grapevines, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, stone fruits (such as plums, cherries, apricots, and peaches), and other fruit such as currants, gooseberries, kiwiberries, elderberry, aronia, and serviceberry during an online class offered by the University of Minnesota Extension.

Growing your own fruit is a rewarding hobby, whether for fresh eating, canning, or sharing. Developed through Extension, this brand new hybrid class (including online instruction and optional in-person activities) will teach you how to plan, plant, and manage fruit trees, bushes and vines for success throughout the growing season.

Learn the online content at your own pace starting in September, with the ability to ask your instructors questions along the way. Christy Marsden, Extension Educator, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager, will serve as the resource person for the course.

Learning objectives include:

- Climate, management needs, and pest control

- The importance of proper site selection, including hardiness zones, micro-climates, and soil needs of growing fruit in Minnesota

- How to choose and recommend successful varieties and cultivars for growing fruit in Minnesota using University of Minnesota resources

- Basic care for Minnesota fruit varieties, including establishment, maintenance, pruning, and winter protection

- Explain proper harvesting time and techniques, as well as post-harvest management of fruit

How the online course works"

- Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline Sept. 16

- Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information

- Online course materials will be available for six months after the course begins

- The optional in-person session is Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Learning Center, and registrants who have elected this option should have the course completed by this time. Add an in-person class to your experience to meet with the instructor and fellow students. You can bring your own fruit growing plans and learn how to best bring them to life through group exercises and Q&A.

Price for the coure is $35 for the online registration, or $50 for the online registration plus the in-person Oct. 24 session/

Register by Sept. 16 at 612-301-1210 or go to www.arboretum.umn.edu/EdibleGarden.aspx.

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