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Fruit Tree Pruning and Pests and Disease Prevention – CANCELLED

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$120 – $135

We are excited to welcome Susan Poizner from Orchard People Fruit Tree Care, as she guides us through fruit tree care. Susan is an urban orchardist and the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban OrchardsIn the morning, you will learn the techniques for dormant tree pruning (versus summer pruning when the tree is actively growing).  Dormant pruning, done annually, helps you improve tree health, spur healthy growth and helps your tree develop a structure that will support a robust harvest. After lunch, you will learn to identify and treat some of the most common pest and disease problems organically. We will cover the causes of pest and disease problems, identification of various common diseases, organic approaches to pest and disease control, basics of pruning out disease.


  • when and why to prune fruit trees
  • the difference between winter and summer pruning
  • how to prune your tree to spur vigorous growth and fruit production
  • pruning tools and techniques and how to structure your tree
  • how to identify pest and disease and how to control them


  • home growers
  • arborists who want to learn fruit tree care skills
  • master gardeners
  • community orchard growers

We will spend the 2 hours inside learning theory and spend the rest of the morning time outside using our new fruit tree pruning skills.  After lunch, we will spend time learning the theory of pest and disease identification and control and then go back outside to learn how to identify and prune out diseased parts of trees in a hands-on setting.  


Susan-Portrait-hat-e1446666362761Susan Poizner is the author of the award-winning fruit tree care book Growing Urban Orchards and the creator of the award-winning online fruit tree care training portal at www.orchardpeople.com. She is the creator of the Orchard People where she trains arborists, master gardeners and home growers from across North America the key skills involved in fruit tree care including pruning, pest and disease prevention and fertility management. Susan is also the host of The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast which covers fruit trees, food forests, permaculture and arboriculture. Learn more about her at www.orchardpeople.com.  She is an urban orchardist, journalist and film maker living in Toronto, Canada.


Date: Saturday April 29th – CANCELLED


Where: Ignatius Jesuit Centre – 5420 ON-6, Guelph, ON N1H 6J2.  The classroom is located in the main building called Orchard Park in room 236.


Early bird: $120 + HST

Regular bird: $135 + HST

***includes lunch and a take-home handout with resource and process suggestions for future use
What to Bring: Notebook and pen and weather appropriate clothing as we will be working outside in rain or shine.

** You do not need to register on Eventbrite. You can send an email money transfer to ami@mingaskillbuilding.ca. Only include ticket price and HST. Do not include the Eventbrite fee in the transfer. Please be sure to send an email to Ami indicating that you are sending an e-transfer and for which workshop. 


  • Minga will provide a 100% refund for workshops cancelled by Minga.
  • If a registrant cancels a workshop with more than 5 days notice, a 100% refund will be issued.
  • If a registrant cancels with less than 5 days notice or does not show up, no refund will be issued.
  • The above policies apply for pre-registered workshops. Refunds or credits will not be issued for a missed class.

* Please note that we’ll be sending out information about specifics of the workshop a few days before the workshop, including a reminder of what to bring.

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April 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$120 – $135
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Ignatius Jesuit Centre
5420 ON-6,
Guelph, Ontario N1H 6J2 Canada
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