Deadline for workshop on starting apple orchard in your yard

Date(s) - Tuesday, Jan 02, 2018
5:00 pm

Audubon Community Nature Center


You can take the first step to starting your own apple orchard at “Apples All Year Long: Choosing Varieties,” a workshop to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 at the Audubon Community Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York and Warren, Pennsylvania.

The fee for the program is $16 for the public or $12 for Nature Center members.

Paid reservations are required by Tuesday, Jan. 2, and can be made online or by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours.

Orchardist Al Yelvington will help you decide which apple varieties you want in your home orchard. Selecting the apple varieties you want to grow takes time, but this class will help you come up with a methodology as well as letting you taste some different types of apples. Yelvington and others will share personal knowledge as well as the common traits of apple varieties.

There is much to consider when choosing which apples you want, such as flavor, what you intend to use them for, when they ripen, disease resistance and more. The best way to decide is to learn about the characteristics of apples and taste as many as possible.

This class will provide you written and spoken information, resource guides, sources and some tastes of different varieties. While it is designed for those just thinking of starting an orchard for personal use, you can expect some good tidbits for even the experienced orchardist.

Al Yelvington is a fairly recent transplant to the area after retiring from 33 years in the Coast Guard. He started his cider orchard, Happy Dog Farm outside Russell, Pa., to provide juice specifically for hard cider makers. Yelvington is in his second year in the Virginia Tech Online Masters in Agriculture and Life Sciences (OMALS), focusing on pest and weed management. Happy Dog Farm includes a community cider mill that is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.