Fruit Tree Education

2020 Program Overview:

The Fruit Tree Education Series is a 6-part series (4 classroom sessions and 2 field sessions) focused on fruit tree care. All classes are taught by knowledgeable arborists and local specialists. 

Participants must attend at least 1 relevant classroom session to participate in field sessions.

Registration is $30 per person for the full series.

Click here to register.

The Breakdown:

The Fruit Tree Education Program has 3 tiers dependent on the goals and desired time commitment of participants.

Tier 1: Fruit Tree Education Class 

This entry level tier is for homeowners that want to effectively prune and diagnose pest and disease issues on their own property.

Attendance of the class series with no additional requirements. 

Tier 2: Fruit Tree Specialist Certificate 

This tier is for people who are interested in branching out beyond their own property and want to turn their passion for trees into something more. 

Attendance of all 6 class sessions and 20 hours of work addressing pest and disease issues in community orchards. Additional learning sessions outside of class and final evaluation of skills. 

Tier 3: Orchard Club

This tier is for those who want to support the Gleaning Program by helping homeowners prune and care for trees to produce better food to donate to food banks. 

Completion of the Fruit Tree Specialist Certificate Program and ongoing involvement with the Gleaning Program. Continued participation in education opportunities. 

To sign up for the Fruit Tree Specialist Certificate or Orchard Club programs see Chris at the first Fruit Tree Education class. 

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Class Schedule

Classroom Sessions

April 4- How to Prune: Apples and Pears

April 18- Pest and Disease Management: Non-Chemical Methods

May 16- How to Prune: Stone Fruits

May 30- Pest and Disease Management: Chemical Methods

Field Sessions (must register for and attend a minimum of one classroom session on the topic to participate)

June 20- Pruning

June 27- Pest and Disease Management


Class Times & Location: All classes are held on Saturdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm. Classes will be held at The Farm at Franklin Pierce School District located at 9516 Waller Rd E, Tacoma, WA 98446. 

Cost: $30 for the full series.

No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Contact Chris Madden at ChrisM@piercecd.org to request scholarships and discuss work-trade arrangements

Click here to sign up.