How to start an apple orchard, Saturday, April 6, at Audubon

Photo submitted to Times Observer Audubon Community Nature Center is presenting “Apples and Orchards: Starting from Scratch” on Saturday, April 6. This is an opportunity to learn how to create your own apple orchard.

Audubon Community Nature Center is presenting a second workshop on apples and orchards on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.

“Starting from Scratch” will cover what you need to know before you ever plant a tree.

Starting an apple grove is much different than inheriting one. In this class, Al Yelvington, and possibly others, will walk you through the steps to take and the things to consider right from the beginning.

Come dressed for the weather, as a portion of this class will be outside. Look for other related offerings throughout the year.

Yelvington is a transplant to the area after retiring from 33 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. He started his cider orchard, Happy Dog Farm, outside Russell to provide juice specifically for hard cider makers. He recently completed his degree in the Virginia Tech Online Masters in Agriculture and Life Sciences (OMALS), focusing on pest and weed management. Happy Dog Farm includes a community cider mill that is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Enrollment is limited. The fee for the program is $16 or $12 for Nature Center members. Paid reservations are required by Thursday, April 4, and can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or going online to auduboncnc.org/programs and clicking on “Current Schedule.”

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.

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