Maple Sugaring & Fruit Tree Pruning – Workshops This Weekend

Two New Workshop Offerings!

Maple Sugaring – Hands-On Workshop Friday with Jason Lilley

(From Jason Lilley)

It’s almost time for the sap to start flowing! I have found a handful of beautiful sugar maple trees in my neighborhood and my neighbors have been kind enough to allow me to tap them! This is the first week of predicted temperatures around 40 meaning the sap should be flowing!

On Friday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. I will give a quick over view of sugar maple identification, size requirements for tapping, syrup production and then we can go out and tap a few trees. If your interested in familiarizing yourself with the sugaring process please come and join us at 711 Kennard Rd. State College.

We are pushing sunset with the event time so bring a flashlight if you have one just in case. Also bring some snow boots. Enjoy the snow while it’s still here!

Sign up directly with Jason by email.

Pruning Fruit Trees – Hands-On Workshop Saturday with Jackie Bonomo

(From Jackie Bonomo)

Saturday, February 22, 1 – 5 p.m. at 539 E. Foster Ave. in State College – Nina Fellin’s house. Bad weather backup date: Sunday, February 23, 1 – 5 p.m.

Sign up directly with  Jackie by email or by phone (753-0040)

Two preliminary videos to watch on central leader and vase shaped pruning of fruit trees:

Tools: Jackie will have one of each the following except long handled tree saw (nice to have but not critical), gloves, pruners, loppers, pruning saw, orchard or step ladder, cotton or rags, rubbing alcohol (to clean pruners between trees). Bring these tools (sharp & clean, please) if you have them – gloves, pruners, loppers, pruning saw

Time: estimate 4 hours for 10 people, 2 people per tree; each get to work on 2 trees. Tree Varieties: Collette Dwarf Pear, Orange Dwarf Quince, Gala Dwarf Apple, Granny Smith Compspur Apple, Braeburn Dwarf Apple, Beurre D’Anjou Dwarf Pear, Lapins Dwarf Sweet Cherry, Santa Rosa Dwarf Plum, Superior Dwarf Plum

Other Upcoming Winter/Spring Homesteading Events

Maximum class size is 10. Workshops are held at 156 West Hamilton Ave. unless otherwise noted. Register by phone (237-0996) or email. Suggested donations are payable by cash or check on the day of the class.

  • Feb. 22 – Growing Peppers in Your Garden – Workshop – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 156 West Hamilton Ave. Instructor: Matt Sullenberger. $12 per person suggested donation; proceeds go to instructor.
  • March 1 – Soap Making Workshop – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 156 West Hamilton Ave. Instructor: Nellie Bhattarai. $12 per person suggested donation; proceeds go to instructor.
  • March 8 – Seed Exchange and Milk Jug Mini-Greenhouse Workshop. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at State College Friends Meeting House, 611 E. Prospect Ave. Instructors: Matt Sullenberger and Justin Wheeler. Seed swap is free. $12 per person suggested donation for workshop; proceeds go to instructor.
  • March 15 – Bread Baking Workshop – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 156 West Hamilton Ave. Instructor: Nellie Bhattarai. $12 per person suggested donation; proceeds go to instructor.
  • March 15 – Homesteaders’ Potluck. 6 p.m. at 156 West Hamilton Ave. Max. 20 guests. Free. RSVP by phone to Spring Creek Homesteading at 237-0996. Children and elders welcome.
  • April 5 – Growing Tomatoes in Your Garden – Workshop – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 156 West Hamilton Ave. Instructor: Matt Sullenberger. $12 per person suggested donation; proceeds go to instructor.
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