Guy Ames, Horticulture Specialist with ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology
Urban fruit and berry production is adding new flavors to urban farming. Old and new varieties are finding their ways to the front lawn, offering consumers with a truly-ripe, locally-grown fruit as well as providing food for pollinators. However, new risks and challenges are also finding their way to the urban orchard that requires a skill set different from the traditional methods of fruit growing. Long-time fruit grower Guy K. Ames will discuss the many challenges and opportunities of commercial urban fruit production. Some topics Ames will discuss include land ownership vs. leasing vs. renting; dwarf fruit trees; working with buildings, shade and other urban features; pest management in high population density areas; the species and cultivars amenable to urban agriculture; high tunnels and other modifications; and how community orchards can help commercial urban fruit growers. Ames will also focus on marketing and how urban fruit growers can achieve a premium price especially when facing high cosmetic standards.
Guy K. Ames is a Horticulture Specialist with ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Guy K. Ames received a Master's of Science degree in horticulture (fruit crops and pest control in fruit crops) from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He has operated Ames Orchard & Nursery, producing both fruit and fruit plants for the past 24 years. He is the author, most recently, of the ATTRA publication titled Community Orchards.
Date: Saturday, August 9
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Classroom
FREE: Pre-registration required