Two days of learning how to work with fruit and nut trees in a way that works with nature. This year’s fruit school will be divided into 4 sections over 2 days with a lunch break provided of homemade soup and bread. Learn more about the school here:

Saturday, March 25th

9am-noon: Orchard site analysis and species selection.
Get off on the left foot with a different approach to observation, site planning, taking a good look at native and other hardy plants, and how to incorporate all this into an orchard design that will work best for you. This will be the foundational class for the series. Plus Planting, soil, and understory management: Starting from the ground up, we’ll cover good soil health as a foundation to create healthy plants and food.

1-5pm: Pruning: “Can you make the cut?”
New plantings to adolescent trees. Mostly hands on pruning of younger trees so bring your pruners! We will cover establishing a young tree from planting to fruit bearing. Follow it up with pruning of fruit bearing trees and rejuvenation of mature trees.

Sunday March 26th

9am- noon: Propagation of plants with seed, layer, rooting.
More on helping plants do what they want to do- propagate. Learning these skills are a key to affordably starting, growing and experimenting with plants. Heck, even learn to GMO your own plants and breed your needs! Every seed is a new variety that has never existed previously. We will discuss methods pioneered 140 years ago by plant pioneer Luther Burbank to develop new useful varieties of plants quickly and efficiently to better adapt to our sites, needs, and markets.

1- 5pm: Grafting and Cloning around + Advanced Top work.
Bench grafting the whip and tongue graft is foundational and from there you can springboard into a vast world. In this class you will build and take home a tree of your own making. The more comfortable you are with this technique ahead of time, the more quickly you will progress through the many advanced techniques in the succeeding class. The “vast world” expands quickly, as well as, its advantages for you by learning to graft trees in “situ” (where they are already growing). We will cover bud grafting, as well as some of the more demanding grafts needed for hard to graft species like nuts. You will learn to the many benefits to top working, identify graftable trees growing in the woods or weeds, and choose the appropriate graft.


Who is this guy Professor Barkslip? (AkA) Bill Whipple picked his first apple season in Washington State in 1981 at the under ripe age of 18. He is best known for selling his chemical free “best pears in the world” at the Asheville farmer’s markets for the last 16 years. He founded the Buncombe Fruit Nut club as an offshoot of fruit school and has initiated and designed two of the four edible parks in Asheville. In 2014 he co founded the Nutty Buddy Collective which plants extensive nut orchards around Asheville on long term leases. He is now working on the Acornucopia project which aspires to be the World’s largest agriculture conglomerate without owning a single acre of land or a plant.

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Questions about the class? Contact // 828 713 2424

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