Workshops

The Baltimore Orchard Project offers engaging workshops on various topics including fruit tree maintenance, cooking, planting, and outdoor art. We also list workshops hosted by organizations with a similar mission and goals. 

  • Fri
    24
    Feb
    2017
    12:30 pmReal Food Farm, 2801 Saint Lo Drive

    On February 24th from 12:30-3 PM, the Baltimore Orchard Project and Real Food Farm will be hosting a mushroom inoculation workshop at Real Food Farm (2801 Saint Lo Drive). We will be inoculating apple wood pruned from larger trees with oyster mushroom spawn. The $15 registration fee includes one log that you can take home with you. There is also the option to purchase an additional log for $10 (limited quantity). Registration is limited to 25 people so register here ASAP.

  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017
    10:00 amClifton Park Food Forest, Hilltop Drive 21213

    Did you know you can tap a Black Walnut tree? Black Walnut syrup is one of the best local syrups we can make! Join us in the hands-on workshop and learn all the details about tree tapping. We will discuss when to tap, what to tap, what to expect and how to setup your own sugarbush. Following the introductory discussion there will be a demonstration on tree tapping then you will be encouraged to do some tapping of your own.  Registration is limited to 10 people and tickets are $15.  Register here ASAP!

  • Fri
    03
    Mar
    2017
    10:00 amCharm City Farms

    This course is designed for the beginning beekeeper in mind. Topics covered will be honey bee biology, natural & human threats, disease & pest management, management of honey bee colonies and tools & equipment. After this course a person should have the tools and confidence needed to begin their own bee colony(s) at home, school, church and/or farm.

    Dates: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 7 pm – 9 pm & April 1 from 10 am – 2 pm          Cost: $65

    Location: Charm City Farms       Instructor: Charlie Dorsey

    RSVP here!

  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017
    10:00 amReal Food Farm, 2801 Saint Lo Drive

    Join Civic Work's Baltimore Orchard Project to learn the ins and outs of pruning fruit trees. We will discuss which tools to use, tree architecture, tips and tricks, and more, from young trees to old trees. You will leave feeling brave enough to prune on your own! Registration is $10 and you can RSVP here!

  • Sat
    11
    Mar
    2017
    5:00 pmCharm City Farms

    Learn the art of tree grafting for use in your orchard or home garden. Participants will first learn the science and mechanics of grafting and budding, then receive instruction on cleft, bark, bud, and whip & tongue grafting. Then practice doing some hands-on grafting of your own. RSVP here!

  • Sun
    12
    Mar
    2017
    5:00 pmCharm City Farms

    Do you want to grow mushrooms at home, but are perhaps thinking it’s a little too technical? It doesn’t have to be. In this workshop you’ll learn a simple and effective way to grow mushrooms for years to come. RSVP here!

  • Thu
    16
    Mar
    2017
    4:00 pmReal Food Farm, 1950 Pearlman Place

    Join Civic Works Baltimore Orchard Project to learn the ins and outs of pruning fruit trees. We will discuss which tools to use, tree architecture, tips and tricks, and more, from young trees to old trees. You will leave feeling brave enough to prune on your own! Registration is $10 and you can RSVP here!

  • Sat
    18
    Mar
    2017
    1:00 pmLong Creek Homestead
    Workshop Price: $65

    *Held at Long Creek Homestead but registered via Common Market

    Almost all the fruits and nuts we eat these days come from grafted trees. Join us in learning the magic of grafting and basic fruit tree care. During the workshop you will create your own grafted apple tree through hands-on grafting and take your new union home. Also we will cover re-grafting older trees, and grafting tricks that allow grafting ornamental and wild trees to bear tasty fruits. We shall also inadvertently talk about fruit trees in the food forest model. Pruning and general tree health care covered. Not a workshop to be missed!

    Sign up via Common Market here.
    (301) 663-3416, cm@commonmarket.coop

  • Thu
    23
    Mar
    2017
    6:00 pmStation North Tool Library
    What to do with all your fruits and veggies?? In this fun 1-day workshop with special guest teacher Josh Rosenstein from Edible Eden Foodscapes, we will discuss local seasonal eating and why preserving the harvest is so important! Then we will explore the artisanal art of lacto-fermentation (dill pickles), vinegar pickling (jalepenos), and jam making (seasonal fruit).

    Participants will learn the three processes and go home with one half-pint jam, one pint jalepenos and one quart pickles.

    Cost $75
    Time - 3 Hours
    Takeaway - 3 jars of awesome!
    *Take all 5 classes in the Gardening Series - $400 with plants for your Pallet Garden or $375 without!
    **Enrollment minimum is 7 people to run this class. If minimum is not reached you will be notified prior.

    RSVP here!

  • Sat
    25
    Mar
    2017
    Sun
    26
    Mar
    2017
    9:30 am3707 Enterprise Road Bowie, MD 20721

    In this twelve-day course over the span of nine months, you will plunge deeply into the vision and practice of creating dynamic and resilient edible ecosystems using temperate deciduous forests as models. You will participate in a rigorous design process that requires 8-12 hours of site design homework between classes. The teaching team will offer lectures, site walks, experiential exercises and skills training to help you understand how the structure, functions, and successional processes of natural forests apply in the design of edible ecosystems. We'll also learn about and practice natural building, water harvesting & storage, plant and mushroom care, reading patterns in natural systems, and understanding cultural shifts required to change perspectives and create mindful communities.

    To participate in this design course, you will need a subject site where you will practice permaculture. This site can be large or small, urban or rural. You must submit to the instructors a site where you have confirmed permission to work before you attend the first course weekend. Implementation of your project is not required to complete the course, just developing a working plan.

    You will leave this course inspired and empowered to design food forests and restorative landscapes for yourself and your community!

    Curriculum Includes

    Permaculture Ethics & Principles, Reading the Landscape, Soil Health,
    Stormwater Solutions to Runoff & Pollution, Plant Care, Nature Connection,
    Patterns of Natural Systems, Drafting Skills, Natural Building,
    Water Harvesting & Storage, Local Permaculture Examples and Visits
    and much more!

    Registration: 

    http://www.forested.us/permaculture-design-course

  • Sun
    02
    Apr
    2017
    1:00 pmLong Creek Homestead
    Workshop Price: $65

    *Held at Long Creek Homestead but registered via Common Market

    Grow your own mushrooms! It is easier to grow mushrooms at home than you think. You can grow delicious and nutritious culinary and medicinal mushrooms in your own garden or home (in apartments, on rooftops and patios, too!) In the workshop we will cover how to inoculate stumps, logs, wood chips, and burlap sacks while improving your garden ecology. In this interactive class you will learn the types of outdoor mushrooms that we can easily grow in our area, the conditions required and the tools you will need. The class will also cover the basics of mushroom science, how fungi functions in nature and how to work with fungi to help restore our local ecologies. The best part is the hands on experience of inoculating a mushroom log that you get to take home! An added bonus this year will be seeing the Judd’s circular straw bale home. Frederick, MD.

    Limit 20 people.

    Sign up via Common Market here.
    (301) 663-3416, cm@commonmarket.coop

  • Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017
    1:00 pmStation North Tool Library
    Participants learn every aspect of rain barrel construction and installation while socializing with like-minded neighbors.
    Rain barrels are containers that collect and store rainwater for later use. Several rain barrels or one larger tank (known as a cistern) can be installed to create a rainwater harvesting system. Rain that is collected can be used for watering plants, but not for drinking.
    NOTE: 24 HR ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT
    Prerequisite: NONE
    Materials: All Provided INCLUDING A 55 GALLON RAIN BARREL TO TAKE HOME and all accessories!
    Cost: $65 per rain barrel
    Class Time: 2 hours
    RSVP here!
  • Sun
    23
    Apr
    2017
    1:30 pm3507 Enterprise Road Bowie, MD 20721

    This workshop will include a review of the tools, techniques and benefits of bark grafting. Each participant will have the opportunity to try making a graft. We will also observe one- and two-year-old grafts to see how they grow.

    Grafting is a horticultural technique of joining two plants together in order to benefit from the positive traits of the two plants. For example, invasive Callery (commonly called “Bradford”) pears are vigorous but they make tiny, inedible fruit. By cutting this tree and grafting on wood from a fruiting pear, we can produce good fruit on a strong existing root. This grafting method is useful for several other types of plant, including Prunus. Do you have a pretty but useless flowering cherry near you? Graft it into a fruiting cherry or plum! RSVP here!

  • Thu
    27
    Apr
    2017
    6:00 pmStation North Tool Library
    Using red wiggler worms to compost kitchen scraps is a great way to turn waste into super nutritious fertilizer for your garden while keeping organic waste out of the landfill. While compost systems come in all shapes and sizes these worm bins are small scale, easy to manage and will perform indoors, outdoors, in a garage, under a deck or on the porch. In the first part of this workshop we will build our worm farm out of plastic bins complete with drainage tap to access the worm tea. In the second hour we will learn all about how to manage our worm bins, create the first bedding for the worms and introduce our worms to their new home. Each participant will go home with a home made worm farm and approx. 500 red wiggler composting worms.
    Pre-Requisite: None
    Class Time: 3 Hours
    Materials: Included
    Cost: $100
    *Take all 5 classes in the Gardening Series - $400 with plants for your Pallet Garden or $375 without!
    **Enrollment minimum is 7 people to run this class. If minimum is not reached you will be notified prior.
    RSVP here!
  • Thu
    04
    May
    2017
    6:00 pmStation North Tool Library
    In this workshop you will learn to use tools in the library to construct a small, portable pallet garden that can be hung on a wall or fence. Your pallet garden will be plant-ready by the end of class and you'll learn which types of plants and/or herbs do best in these growing conditions.
    Pre-Requisites: None
    Class Time: 3 Hours
    Materials: Included
    Cost: $95 without plants $125 with!
    *Take all 5 classes in this gardening series - $400 with plants for your Pallet Garden or $375 without!
    **Enrollment minimum is 7 people to run this class. If minimum is not reached you will be notified prior.
    RSVP here!
  • Thu
    15
    Jun
    2017
    5 -7:30 PM930 Whitelock Street

    RSVP

    Join the Civic Works Baltimore Orchard Project and Whitelock Community Farm for our first workshop of the summer! For Mulberry Madness, we're going to be making harvest poles so that you can go into your neighborhoods and harvest your own mulberries.

    The easiest way to harvest mulberries is to lay out a tarp and shake the tree with a long pole with a hook on the end. We'll be going through how to build a pole long and strong enough, how to tell when mulberries are ripe, and how to identify mulberry trees.

    You'll get your own harvest pole to take with you and we'll have some mulberries for you to try.

    We'll be harvesting from trees around Baltimore City all month so keep an eye out for events in your neighborhoods, stop by and help us harvest!

    While there is a cost associated with this workshop, we are able to offer scholarships. Please email harvest@baltimoreorchard.org with questions.

  • Sat
    15
    Jul
    2017
    10:00 amForested, near 3507 Enterprise Road, Bowie, MD 20721

    RSVP here!

    Join us on Saturday, July 15th from 10 am-2 pm for a walking tour and hands-on workshop at Forested, an innovative 10-acre agroforestry project in Bowie, MD! Forested's mission is to build "forest garden ecosystems to sustainably supply a large portion of all food and forest products people need and use for healthy living."
    The event will be led by Lincoln Smith, founder of Forested, who has extensive experience in permaculture, sustainable landscape design, and agronomic science. Forested serves as a site for testing forest agriculture plants and methods, training people in agroforestry (it is a training farm in FHCASA's Beginner Farmer Training Program), and producing food in a diverse, multi-story ecosystem for a unique Forest Garden CSA.
    This field day will include hands-on activities and a potluck, so be prepared to get your hands dirty and your minds and stomachs fed!
    Questions? Please contact Sarah Sohn at: sarah@futureharvestcasa.org.
    **DIRECTIONS: Please visit the Forested website HERE for detailed directions and parking instructions.
    Special thanks to the Bowie Crofton-Garden Club for sponsoring this event!

  • Wed
    26
    Jul
    2017
    5:30 pmHilltop Drive: Baltimore Orchard Project Nursery

    RSVP here! Tickets are limited, so register ASAP!

    Come out to the Civic Works Baltimore Orchard Projects first plant propagation workshop! We'll be working with Todd McCree from Great Eascape Nursery to host this event where we'll all be learning how to grow your own bush berries from cuttings.

    We'll set up an irrigation system to water our propegation beds, take advatage of our new rainwater catchment system, and minimize our use of outside water sources.

    You'll learn about how propagation works at different times of the year, how to set up your own space to propagate your own plants, and how to take your own cuttings. You'll be able to try your hand at taking your own cuttings and getting them set up in the growing medium.

    Fruit that's propagated will be used to support BOP's upcoming micro-forest gardens project as well as companion plantings across Baltimore City.

If you are interested in attending a BOP workshop, check out our MeetUp page.
 
If you have a skill you would like to share, please contact info@baltimoreorchard.org about the possibility of leading a workshop.