pommier-2Building on the knowledge gained at April’s agroforestry workshop, Regenerations Botanical Garden will be delving into the art of fruit tree pruning in a half-day workshop Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The workshop will be held at Kaua‘i Food Forest, at Wai Koa Plantation off of Kahiliholo Road in Kalihiwai, Kaua‘i’s North Shore.

Proper pruning of fruit trees is an essential practice that keeps fruit within reach, establishes and maintains a healthy form for the tree, encourages flower and fruit production, and more, according to RBG. In this workshop, they will discuss the principles of pruning and then work their way through the food forest, pruning more than 20 types of fruit trees.

The workshop instructors are:

Milan Rupert • Milan is the propagation manager of fruit trees, bamboo, and aquatic plants at Kaua`i Nursery & Landscaping in Puhi. He has decades of farming experience in Senegal and the Gambia in eastern Africa, and as Peace Corps environmental program manager, he trained Peace Corps volunteers and their counterparts in fruit tree propagation and culture.

Paul Miller • Paul creates sustainable food systems with fruit bearing trees on Kaua‘i. He offers fruit tree pruning services and training islandwide. Paul received an Associates Degree in Agroforestry and Tropical Ecosystem Management in 2008 from Hawai‘i Community College.

Workshop fee is $25, and proceeds will go directly into purchasing fertilizers and other amendments to feed the trees of the Food Forest.

Space is limited. Visit the event registration page to register.

Bring water, sun and mosquito protection, notebook and/or camera, gloves and a snack.

Call 652-4118 or email info@ribg.org for more information.

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