Kudos to Elizabeth Hill and Russ Moss for (respectively) running and presenting at our jointly sponsored Native and Easy Fruit Growing training program November 4 at the Baltimore County Ag Center.
It was expertly honcho-ed by Elizabeth in conjunction with the U of MD Extension Service
Around 80 people from several counties signed up to learn about selecting, planting and managing fruit plants. They learned about pest management, diseases, the best fruits to plant and how to plant them.
And they were ably taught about fruit tree planting by our very own Russ Moss!
The size of the crowd surprised – and delighted – everyone.
We have begun to talk about another training program in the early spring focusing on pruning – so folks can go out and tend to their trees.
One of the highlights was the opportunity to taste Paw Paw Ice Cream.
I would describe it as a cross between caramel and toffee ice cream with some sunflower seed texture thrown in. It was great. (Thanks Elizabeth for going the extra mile to bring that to everyone)
We are hoping to harness this budding interest in local fruits to recruit and educate a cohort of fruit tree experts who can serve as our stable of fruit tree consultants. They are necessary to help us serve the schools, congregations, civic organizations and neighborhoods that seek our help in creating and maintaining their local orchards.
This was a great start. Thanks again to the extraordinary efforts of Elizabeth Hill.