CANTERBURY — On May 16 Canterbury Shaker Village will offer "Home Orchard Care" with nationally recognized organic orchardist, Michael Phillips from 10:00-3:00 pm. The cost to attend the workshop is $60 for Canterbury Shaker Village Members and $75 for Non-Members. Preregistration is required.
"Home Orchard Care" is filled with practical information for growing tree fruits right. Successfully growing fruit for your family becomes straightforward when you narrow the big picture down to getting the basics right. Fungal disease becomes manageable with wise variety choices and enhanced soil biology. Major insect challenges can be resolved safely when you perceive who, what, and when. All sorts of fruits—from apples and pears to peaches and cherries and onward to berries—make for a diverse home orchard planting. Confidence to integrate tree fruits into your landscape begins with embracing biodiversity and knowing how to build system health. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Canterbury Shaker Village will have water and hot beverages available.
Instructor Michael Phillips is known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. The "community orchard movement" that he helped found at www.GrowOrganicApples.com provides a full immersion into the holistic approach to orcharding. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. Michael's newest book, The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way, recently received Garden Book of the Year honors from the American Horticultural Society.
For more information on this and other Shaker-inspired workshops offered at Canterbury Shaker Village, visit www.shakers.org.
Canterbury Shaker Village is dedicated to preserving the 200-year Shaker legacy of entrepreneurship, innovative design and simple living by providing a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit. Visitors are encouraged to rethink tradition by learning about the life, ideals, values, and history of the Canterbury Shakers.
The National Historic Landmark includes 25 restored original and four reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. The Village cafe offers simple lunch fare and the Museum Store features unique gifts and wares handmade by regional artists. The Village is part of the Experience New Hampshire Heritage: The Portsmouth to Plymouth Museum Trail (www.nhmuseumtrail.org). Canterbury Shaker Village, located at 288 Shaker Road in Canterbury, New Hampshire, is open daily in 2015 from May 16-October 24 and weekends in November. For more information, visit www.shakers.org.