Grow a Little Fruit Tree

First class of 2015!! Because I’m teaching full-time at University of San Francisco, I’m not teaching regular classes at GhostTown Farm any longer. Such a bummer–but I can only do so much…However, the lovely, talented Ann Ralph of Berkeley Hort fame will be teaching a class at my place. It’s a pruning class and she will be going over all the aspects of growing fruit trees in backyards. She’s a big advocate of keeping trees small and manageable. Since we have over 30 trees on the farmlette right now, this is the perfect classroom to learn winter pruning by actually pruning my trees (please, don’t f- them up!!).

More details here; the GT Farm class is February 1!!!

East Harvest Pruning: Winter Workshop – $40

Saturday, January 17, Oakland, 10:30 am -12:30 pm
Sunday, January 18, Berkeley, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday, January 31, San Pablo,10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sunday, February 1, GT Farm Oakland, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sunday, February 8, Berkeley, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Preregistration is required.
Contact or (209) 296-5797

“I loved your workshop! The information, the clarity of your teaching style…all of it!”

Timed pruning offers a simple and revolutionary approach to fruit tree care: winter prune for shape and summer prune to keep trees small and easy. This hands-on class teaches the simple logic of pruning. You’ll learn the benefits of creating short trees, how to engage in the pruning conversation, make aesthetic decisions, and trust your judgment. The class includes information about seasonal fruit tree routines and pest and disease control with ample time for questions.

Instructor Ann Ralph’s book, Grow a Little Fruit Tree, about using pruning to fruit trees at people-appropriate heights, is newly available from Storey Publishing. She managed the fruit tree department at Berkeley Horticultural Nursery for ten years.

6 responses to “Grow a Little Fruit Tree

  1. Cathy Sherry

    Hey Novella, I got Farm City for Christmas and really enjoyed it, so I have just finished reading 8 years worth of your blog! (It’s summer holidays down under).
    Growing veggies in Oakland sounds a lot like growing veggies on the other side of the Pacific in Sydney. Lots of sun and not enough rain.
    Looking forward to another 8 years of the blog:)

  2. HI Novella, another Aussie fan – I read Farm City years ago and loved it too – very inspired! You have become so busy since then it seems! We have a big suburban backyard in Melbourne where we try to provide as much food as we can for our family (and friends).

    Love reading your blog!

  3. Hi, I recently read your book on finding your father. How is he? Thank you for sharing your story. I hope you were able to stay in touch with him.

  4. How awesome! I just happen to have her book on my nightstand and was perusing it earlier. What a treat for everyone who can go to the class!

  5. ghosttownfarm

    Hi Edith! My dad is doing pretty good. He’s now living at this great retirement home in Orofino. I hear he sings a lot on the street. That makes me happy.

  6. I just happened to check this book out from the library (before I saw this post) and I’m really intrigued by it. I wish I lived closer to take a class from her!

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