Online Module: Growing Fruit in Minnesota
Registration Deadline: Monday, September 16
Christy Marsden, Extension Educator, Extension Master Gardener Education Manager
Learn to grow: apples, pears, grapevines, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, stone fruits (such as plums, cherries, apricots, and peaches), and other fruit such as currants, gooseberries, kiwiberries, elderberry, aronia, and serviceberry.
Growing your own fruit is a rewarding hobby, whether for fresh eating, canning, or sharing. Developed through the University of Minnesota Extension, this brand new hybrid class (including online instruction and optional in-person activities) will teach you how to plan, plant, and manage fruit trees, bushes and vines for success throughout the growing season.
Learn the online content at your own pace starting in September, with the ability to ask your instructors questions along the way.
Learning objectives include:
- Climate, management needs, and pest control
- The importance of proper site selection, including hardiness zones,
micro-climates, and soil needs of growing fruit in Minnesota
- How to choose and recommend successful varieties and cultivars for
growing fruit in Minnesota using University of Minnesota resources
- Basic care for Minnesota fruit varieties, including establishment, maintenance, pruning, and winter protection
- Explain proper harvesting time and techniques, as well as post-harvest management of fruit
How it Works
- Login information for the online course will be sent after the registration deadline, Monday, September 16
- Course is self-paced and will begin anytime after you receive the login information
- Online course materials will be available for six months after the course begins
optional in-person session is October 24, and registrants who have
elected this option should have the course completed by this time
Optional Add-on: In-Person Session
Thursday, October 24th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Learning Center
an in-person class to your experience to meet with the instructor and
fellow students. You can bring your own fruit growing plans and learn
how to best bring them to life through group exercises and Q&A.
$35 for online registration
$50 online registration PLUS in-person October 24 session