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Apple pruning workshop at Helen and Scott Nearing estate

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BROOKSVILLE, Maine — The Good Life Center’s fifth annual apple pruning workshop will
take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, rain or shine, at the Helen and Scott Nearing
Homestead on Cape Rosier in Brooksville. This coincides with fruit trees’ dormant season,
which is the proper time to prune.
Founding workshop organizer and instructor Douglas N. Johnson will demonstrate pruning
equipment and discuss pruning for aesthetics, restoration, and safety. He oversees tree
management of the Nearing property, including the small orchard they planted in the 1980s.
Johnson is a Maine-licensed arborist, ISA Certified Arborist, ISA Tree Risk Assessment
Qualified, and senior arborist with TREEKEEPERS LLC of Camden.
This year’s special guest, orchardist Phil Norris, will describe his method of pruning for fruit
production, calling on his experience with apple and other fruit trees on the Blue Hill
Peninsula. Norris cares for his own orchard in East Blue Hill, leads fruit pruning workshops
for MOFGA, and serves as Blue Hill’s Tree Warden.
Attendees should bring bypass (not anvil) hand pruners and a lunch – beverage will be
provided. There will be ample time for questions. Suggestion donation is $18; pre-registration
is recommended – contact Johnson at 207-236-6855. Workshop location is 372 Harborside
Road, Brooksville.
The Good Life Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 1998 to preserve the stone
buildings, library, garden, and legacy of social, political, and environmental activists Helen
and Scott Nearing. For more information about the Center, go to www.goodlife.org or
phone 207-326-8211.