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Mushroom Inoculation Workshop 2-24

On Friday February 24th, BOP partnered with Real Food Farm to host our first mushroom inoculation workshop. Twenty-one attendees helped us to inoculate sixty logs with enough spawn to produce several hundred pounds of mushrooms over the course of the life-cycle of the logs. Earlier in the month, we went...
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Orchard Stewards Program: Pruning

It’s pruning season! Pruning can be daunting, but our Stewards learned quickly. As the Holistic Orchardist Michael Phillips says, “You need confidence. It comes from projecting your mind into the light space surrounding a branch. It comes from being the bud.” There are many theories, and this is just the...
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Rock Guardian Lesson Plan

Today BOP’s Youth Education team would like to share one of their favorite lessons with the orchard community. The Rock Guardians project has proved to not only brighten up any orchard or garden, but all ages enjoy making these boldly colored protectors. The project may require a bit of foraging...
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Change the World Consulting Project

New Application and Request Form Roll-out:  This fall we were presented with the opportunity to work with a program called Change the World Consulting, run out of the Smith Business School of The University of Maryland. We were immediately impressed by the program and the students that were matched with...
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Orchard Stewards Program: Orchard Houses

      The fifth OSP class brought a great amount of planning, discussions, and partnerships to a head. We demonstrated how to make “Orchard Houses”. Similar to “Tiny Free Libraries”, Orchard Houses allow Stewards to keep their records and learning materials (like “Growing Urban Orchards”, “Bounty”, and “What’s Wrong with...
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