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Apple pruning workshop at Helen and Scott Nearing estate

Posted March 19, 2014, at 12:19 p.m.

Sunday, April 6, 2014 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Helen and Scott Nearing Homestead, 372 Harborside Road, Brooksville, Maine

For more information: 207-236-6855

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.

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