WALPOLE, N.H. — The Cheshire County Conservation District invites the public to celebrate the onset of spring at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, NH on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00am-1:00pm. As part of their Annual Plant Sale Pick-Up Day, this year the Conservation District is offering two informative ecological workshops free to the public!
Join us at 9:30am for Getting Started with Fruit Trees & Shrubs facilitated by Carl Majewski of UNH Cooperative Extension. Carl will share information on the best ways to care for the fruit trees, shrubs, and bushes on your property – including but not limited to planting, pest management, and site considerations. Come ready with your questions for this informal, but informational workshop.
At 10:30am we’ll be joined by Dave Wichland of Wichland Woods for an hour-long mushroom workshop titled Mycological Landscaping Using Logs & Stumps. In this workshop you’ll learn about the mushroom life cycle and how to utilize mycelia in a forested environment. Dave will demonstrate log and stump inoculation and will discuss types of wood to use, habitat to best fruit your logs, and how to market and store mushrooms. Other agro-forestry models will be discussed such as log rafting, Hugelkultur, raised woodchip beds and Totem method.
As an added bonus, for $5 dollars participants can make a mushroom totem out of tree cookies that they can take home to watch mycelium grow and possibly get fruiting of mushrooms!
The primary intent of this event is for folks who purchased plants from the CCCD during their 2019 Conservation Plant Sale to stop by and pick up their orders. Michael Nerrie of Distant Hill Gardens in Walpole will be on site for the entire day as a resource to help answer questions regarding bareroot stock plants and planting.
For questions regarding this event, please contact Lola Bobrowski, Outreach Coordinator with the Cheshire County Conservation District, by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-756-2988 x115.
The Cheshire County Conservation District promotes the conservation and responsible use of our natural and agricultural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial, and educational assistance. Our goal is to encourage the stewardship of healthy soils, productive ecologically sound farms, diverse wildlife, productive sustainable forests, healthy watersheds, and clean water to ensure those resources are available for future generations. Established in 1945, the Conservation District operates out of Walpole NH where we work alongside the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners. For more information, contact the Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext.115/116.
–Cheshire County Conservation District
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